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Young voter enthusiasm and lines to vote grew on college campuses over the course of the day. .
[above] Clockwise (University of Maryland, Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Indiana University, and New Mexico State University). The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project organized intensive registration and get out the vote drives on these campuses that helped to register 5,600 students and make 37,408 vote reminders in the days leading up to the election.
To make sure students stuck out the wait and cast their ballot, organizers organized ‘parties at the polls’ and other creative tactics to entertain students while in line. At Indiana University, for example, student leaders decked out in ‘Poll Champ’ hats danced around students in line, wrote ‘I Voted’ in red and blue paint on student faces and blew bubbles to create a festive atmosphere. The 'Poll Champs' also offered voting help to students with questions and refer those who encountered to an Election Day hotline staffed by attorneys.
[above] Student leaders used creative methods to mobilize their peers to the polls and build Election Day Buzz.
At North Carolina State University, student leaders enlisted the help of campus athletes to spread the ‘I Voted’ message. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, leaders asked students who just voted to snap a fun photo and text it to all their friends. In California, CALPIRG New Voters Project leaders summoned the help of the Sun Gods and University of North Carolina students evoked.
North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall joins NCPIRG student leaders at North Carolina State University in endorsing the New Voters Project and urging students to the polls today.
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