Voter Registration Kiosk News
New voting kiosks for the university.
“This project was born out of a problem we experienced during last November’s election,” said Love. “There was a large number of college students that showed up to the polls excited on Election Day…and when they went to check and discovered that they weren’t on the voter rolls.”
According to Merrill, it’s not the number of college student registering to vote that’s a problem. It’s the way they’re registering. He pointed out that many young people registered to vote through social media platforms and they weren’t actually registered.
“If you use a third-party group they may take that information and use it for another purpose independent of the purpose that was intended, which is to become a register voter or to change their registered voter information,” Merrill said.
The kiosks will be on the campuses for Auburn University at Montgomery, Faulkner University, Troy University at Montgomery, Huntington College, Trenholm State and Alabama State University. With one machine accessible on each campus, some of the universities are including voter registration education into their curriculums.
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