Monday, July 21, 2008
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A race to register as, election nears
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Campus groups plan
to target freshmen
By TREVOR CALERO
Daily Staff Reporter
If you've set foot on the Diag
these past few weeks, chances are
someone armed with a clipboard
and pen has asked if you're regis-
tered to vote.
With the 2008 presidential
election closing in, many political
organizations have made it a pri-
ority to reach out to unregistered
As a volunteer for Sen. Barack
Obama's presidential campaign,
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sure as many people as possible
who aren't currently registered to
can cast ballots on Election Day.
"The main goal is getting new
people registered to vote, get
people involved in the political
process," Dickerson said. "Their
enthusiasm dictates what goes on
in this country for all of us."
Dickerson starts his day at the
Obama campaign office locat-
ed at Liberty Street and First
Street, where he is assigned to a
team of up to S0 people.
With voter registration
forms in one hand and a pen
in the ocher, Dickerson and
the other volunteers hit the
streets of Ann Arbor, camping
outside storefronts, waiting at
street corners or going door-
While the Obama campaign
has been a visible voter registra-
tion force in Ann Arbor, many
other student organizations are
planning large-scale efforts to
register voters in the fall.
Nathaniel Eli Coats Styer,
chair of the University's chap-
ter of College Democrats, said
the group is going to start on the
very first day of welcome week.
"Anywhere there are going to be
students, we're going to be regis-
tering voters," Styer said.
The group plans to focus reg-
istration efforts on the residence
halls, making sure College Demo-
crats members register everyone
in their halls, he said.
Brady Smith, chair of the Uni-
versity's chapter of College Repub-
licans, said that one of the group's
main goals will be to raise voter
"We're an advocacy group,"
he said. "We're going to sit down
and ask these basic questions:
Are you registered to voteP
Should you change your reg-
istrationy Mow does absentee
work? There's a lot of confusion
with these things."
Voice Your Vote, a Michi-
gan Student Assembly commis-
sion, will continue its efforts to
increase student participation in
the upcoming election. One of its
main initiatives will be reaching
outcto freshmen, according to MSA
See VOTE, Page 3
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