Central Florida Field Report: A Successful National Voter Registration Day!Campus Election Engagement Project
Da’juh Sawyer’s, CEEP’s Central Florida Assistant Director, fellows played a vital role in registering as many students to vote as possible on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). According to Nonprofit Vote’s National Voter Registration Day site, “National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since.” Sawyer’s efforts were part of a nation-wide push from the Campus Election Engagement Project to leverage NVRD to register college students.
“I had a really great experience with National Voter Registration Day this year. I feel like we engaged more students than we ever have before with a voter registration drive, and we disseminated a lot of important and relevant information. We registered 50 students. The ice cream on a hot day was also a huge help in pulling students! I can only hope that events in the future are half as successful as they were on Tuesday, and it makes me excited for the future of America to have an engaged youth.” – Da’juh Sawyer
Sawyer’s campus partners included: University of Central Florida, Seminole State College, Rollins College, University of South Florida, Eckerd College, and St. Petersburg College. She visited campuses on NVRD including St. Petersburg College and Eckerd College. While at St. Petersburg College, she partnered with the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area on a table effort to register and inform students about the upcoming midterm election. She then visited Eckerd College and partnered with the PIRG to register people and distribute nonpartisan guides from the League of Women Voters. “I had an incredibly rewarding experience on National Voter Registration Day,” said Sawyer, who is now turning her efforts to getting out the vote.
Da’juh Sawyer Sawyer, CEEP’s Central Florida Director, is a native of Saint Petersburg, FL, graduating from Gibbs High School. Sawyer is a Business Administration Student at Florida A&M University and Vice President of the Student Government Association. In her spare time, Da’juh enjoys traveling the Tallahassee area speaking to younger adults about the importance of education, registering to vote, self -confidence, and college opportunities.