Keynote Event: Understanding Voting Rights in an Ever-Changing Political Environment
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Jessica Ramos is the New York State Senator from District 13 in Queens, NYC, and was born and raised in Astoria. She currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Labor. Join us for a Q&A with Senator Ramos on her journey to becoming a State Senator and local and federal issues with voting! Voting Week committee members will lead a short discussion with Ramos, and then audience members will have a chance to ask the Senator any questions they have.
About Voting Week
Columbia Voting Week is a nonpartisan organization that encourages students at Columbia to vote and stay civically engaged through other means. Check out our Instagram and Facebook to stay posted on what we’re up to. You can get involved by reaching out to email@example.com.
Voting Week began as the idea of former Columbia Political Union president David Kang '15. Kang envisioned a weeklong celebration of civic engagement on campus to drum up voter registration and political awareness at Columbia. In the years since, Voting Week has offered the Columbia community perspectives from a vast range of backgrounds to discuss democracy around the world, civic engagement in the United States, and issues around voting. The Voting Week committee recognizes that many members of the Columbia community are not able to vote in U.S. elections, and has strived to also offer learning experiences and opportunities for civic engagement that do not depend upon one’s ability to vote.
During the week, student volunteers help members of the community file for absentee ballots and register to vote. Voting Week has been proud to host speakers including Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Barham Salih, and many other distinguished guests. Voting Week has also successfully registered hundreds of students to vote in their home districts.
Columbia Voting Week wouldn’t be here if not for our dedicated committee!
- Co-Chairs: Easten Young and Nina Liloia
- Marketing and Communications Manager: Ria Mavinkurve
- Committee Members
- Anusha Merchant
- Anushka Pai
- Beatrix Holstine
- Charlie Bonkowsky
- Charlotte Hoskins
- Emma Sherman-Hawver
- Grant Baxter
- Ileane Barrrea
- Jamie Baker
- Lucy King
- Matias Hernandez
- Michelle Chen
- Nicole Wong
- Yeibin Andrews
Register to Vote
Register to vote on TurboVote. You can also check your registration status if you’re not sure you’re registered, and you can turn on election reminders.