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SU Partners with TurboVote to Encourage Student Voting

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Salisbury University student Shelby Hall (left) shows classmate Alison Porter (right) the TurboVote website. (Photo: WBOC) Salisbury University student Shelby Hall (left) shows classmate Alison Porter (right) the TurboVote website. (Photo: WBOC)
Salisbury University Student Violet Margarita-Goldkamp registers for TurboVote. (Photo: WBOC) Salisbury University Student Violet Margarita-Goldkamp registers for TurboVote. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury University partnered with the program TurboVote this summer to encourage students to build good citizenship habits through voting.

“We see it as part of our mission here… to guide students through an educational experience that's certainly about their individual formation and professional formation, but also their formation as citizens,” said Dean of Fulton School of Liberal Arts Maarten Pereboom. “It's a nice piece to have as part of a larger program enabling students to develop those habits, to think about the issues.”

TurboVote is a program designed to help citizens register to vote, remember elections, and vote from home. The nonprofit organization partners with numerous colleges and universities across the country to help students keep track of elections they may have missed otherwise.

Nearly 200 SU students registered on TurboVote, according to Pereboom, who said he hopes more will sign up as elections draw nearer.

“Many of our students are in that 18 to 21 age bracket and they're young adults and they're newly registered to vote and we want to help them establish good habits of citizenship,” Pereboom said.

Salisbury University political science student Shelby Hall said TurboVote appeals to students because it's easily accessible. "Students don't have to go out of their way to register to vote," Hall said. "They can do it online and it only takes a few minutes."

Along with TurboVote, SU's Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement sponsors programming that provides opportunities for students to meet candidates and other government officials.

Pereboom said the next step will be to incorporate TurboVote into the university's campus orientation, where it may be to get more students to register for the program.

Let's Talk TurboVote: What is it?

TurboVote, an Internet application made to simplify the voting process for students living away from home, has partnered with colleges and universities across the U.S. to encourage student civic engagement.

The application performs the following functions:

Keeping track of national and local elections, and sending text or email reminders for election dates

Providing forms and information on voter registrationProviding absentee ballots with paper copies of completed forms and stamped, addressed envelops for elections

For more information, or to see if your school partners with TurboVote, click here.

To see how else SU gets its students involved in the community, visit PACE's website at http://www.salisbury.edu/pace/.


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