Virtual Roundtable: Florida Students Discuss Why (And How) They’re VotingRachael Houston
Ahead of the November Election, Campus Election Engage Project aims to help students overcome disenfranchisement and political cynicism
(Florida)— Tomorrow, October 14th at 7:00PM ET, Campus Election Engagement Project will host a virtual event with college students across Florida to explain why and how they plan to vote. Without the traditional forms of campus community, college students are struggling to remain politically engaged. Some feel less motivated to vote this year given perceived hurdles associated with the pandemic and mail-in voting, or because of misinformation and disenchantment with both presidential candidates.
Engaging the youth vote is critical in this year’s election, especially in key battleground states like Florida. Florida is America’s largest swing state and the margin of victory for presidential candidates here has averaged just 2.6 percentage points since 1996. In 2016, President Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton by 1.2% in Florida, demonstrating that there may be nowhere that voter turnout matters more to either party.
A recent poll found that more than half of voters under the age of 35 say they don’t have the resources or knowledge they need to vote by mail in November. Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) focuses on helping America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state and local elections and overcome the ever-changing barriers to voting, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEEP uses tools such as nonpartisan voting guides and animated videos on the early voting and vote by mail processes to get students past barriers from confusing voting laws to political cynicism. This week, as the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett begin, CEEP is also arming students with its The Supreme Court and the 2020 Election Guide to help inform young voters on what Supreme Court rulings could change depending on which candidate is in a position to make nominations to fill vacancies on the court.
Please find details about the event below.
HOST: Campus Election Engagement Project
- Matamron Bacon, St. Thomas University
- Bianca Herrera, Nova Southeastern University
- Keila Nunez, Valencia College
- Michelle Hopkins, Florida Atlantic University
- Will Shedden, Eckerd College
DATE and TIME: October 14th at 7:00pm ET
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