KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University hosted its annual voter registration drive Tuesday morning in an effort to get students on both campuses out to the polls this November.
The weeklong, nonpartisan campaign to register students is part of the university’s annual Constitution Week, which includes voter registration booths, a mock senatorial debate and several events aimed at increasing political participation.
Michael Sanseviro, KSU’s dean of students and the associate vice president for student affairs, said the week begins with the federally-mandated Constitution Day and ends on National Voter Registration Day, which was Tuesday.
As of 3 p.m., 200 new voters had been registered on KSU’s campuses.
In addition to registering students, employees from the Cobb elections office were on hand to update student addresses and make sure those who needed to could access absentee ballots online.
Sanseviro said one issue he sees each year is that students move away to attend college but don’t realize they can’t just walk into a local precinct on Election Day. By then, it’s too late to mail off their absentee ballots.
Jackson Campbell, an 18-year-old freshman from Ball Ground, was among those who registered in the Student Center.
The cyber security major said he is looking forward to voting in his first election.
“My parents have been urging me to vote so I figured I might as well,” said Campbell, adding the registration process only took him a minute or two and he didn’t have to go off campus to do it. “Voting is a right. There’s no reason not to.”
The deadline to register for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9.