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Columbia College to sponsor TurboVote on campus

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Columbia College is sponsoring campus membership to TurboVote, an online application that makes voting easier by allowing users to register to vote, request absentee ballots for their home states, and get text reminders about upcoming elections.

TurboVote membership was previously sponsored by the Columbia College Student Council, in collaboration with the Columbia Political Union, the CU Democrats, the CU College Republicans and Residential Life. Columbia College Dean and Vice President for Undergraduate Education James J. Valentini felt it was important for the College to make voting more accessible to students.

“Providing access to this application is a direct result of feedback I’ve heard from student and alumni leaders across the political spectrum, including members of CU Dems, CU College Republicans, CU Libertarians, and the Columbia Political Union,” Valentini said. “Facilitating civic engagement and allowing students to engage in the democratic process is important to Columbia College, as well as to our students, and we are glad to be able to offer this resource to the Columbia community.”

Co-founded by Seth Flaxman CC’07, a former president of the Columbia College Student Council Executive Board, TurboVote is a non-partisan organization that partners with colleges, universities and civic groups around the country to engage students and members in elections.

For more information about voting, take part in Voting Week, sponsored by Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Undergraduate Student Life, in partnership with the Columbia Political Union.