Students Trying to Get Other Students to Vote in Nevada’s Nov. 6 Midterms

October 22, 2018

Students are actively working to get other students at the University of Nevada, Reno, to vote during Nevada’s 2018 midterm elections. With voting booths on campus at the Joe Crowley Student Union, Lucia Starbuck reports, volunteers believe there is no excuse for students not to vote.

Sarah Bass (left) and Sara Jones (right) were part of student teams trying to get more students to vote. Photo by Lucia Starbuck for the Reynolds Sandbox.



Listen to audio version of this report by Lucia Starbuck

A Much Easier Process Than Most Believe


The United States Election Project, which gathers information about our country’s electoral system, says 18 to 29 year olds vote the least out of all demographics.


Sarah Bass, one of those trying to change that at the University of Nevada, Reno, said the hardest part about registering students for the upcoming election was working through their lack of knowledge.


“A lot of them don’t realize how fast and easy it is to register so they’re a little hesitant,” she said. “But it’s literally nine check boxes. I like to tell people it’s as much information required to order a pizza.”


A professor in the School of Social Work, Mary Hylton, is working with an organization called Campus Election Engagement Process, known as CEEP.


She is trying to ensure students actually vote. “CEEP students are using pledge cards where people write out why they’re voting and they pledge to vote and they give that back to the people and it has a contact you can remind them and let them know, ‘Hey time to vote,’” she said.

Allison Stersic is another student who has been working on raising awareness on the importance of voting. Photo by Lucia Starbuck for the Reynolds Sandbox.

“Your Vote Really Does Matter”


Part of the outreach has been going to classrooms, as another student volunteer Allison Stersic explains.


“It’s to really drive home that point to students that really a lot of elections are really close and when you look at it from that perspective your vote really does matter,” she said.


Classroom presentations even provide students with the resources they need if they will be voting outside of Washoe County, which is where UNR is located.


 At the Reynolds School of Journalism, Gaby Ortiz Flores passed out absentee ballots after clearing misconceptions about polling locations the students had. Photo by Lucia Starbuck for the Reynolds Sandbox.

A Voter Friendly Campus


“I hear a lot of students say, ‘Well I don’t go vote because politics is not my thing’. Well politics may not be your thing but it impacts your life so to not even do something as simple as voting means that you are just letting other people make choices for you,” Gaby Ortiz Flores explained during a recent classroom presentation.


In 2016, UNR was designated as what’s called a voter friendly campus, and volunteers hope that momentum will carry into these midterms, where it’s usually harder to get young people, including university students, to go out and vote.


Report by Lucia Starbuck for the Reynolds Sandbox


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