Clarion, Pa. – With the November elections approaching, political campaigning around the state is gearing up to hit hard before November 4.
However, efforts to influence younger voters, such as college students, to vote in favor of major political parties has grown dramatically over the past few years.
Several colleges in the state of Pennsylvania have decided that instead of influencing their students to vote for one side or the other, they would rather promote the importance of voting and voicing student opinion.
On Monday Oct. 20, Clarion University will be hosting a Labor 2014 Student Voter Cookout: from an RV. The Burger and Ballots RV will be sitting on Payne Street between Gemmell and Tippin Gym from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hamburgers, hotdogs and snacks will be provided by Rosie the Riveter herself. Rosie will also be handing Get Out The Vote fliers that urge participants to vote. Speakers will be presenting throughout day, discussing the importance of the upcoming election.
Sponsored primarily by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization, along with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Facilities and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Burgers and Ballots event hopes to energize students and staff to learn about the importance of voting and voicing their opinions.
APSCUF Committee for Action through Politics chairman and Director of Clarion University Advising Services Center, Joseph Croskey, hopes the combination of food and informative discussion will encourage students to vote in the coming up state elections.
“The APSCUF is a faculty union committee that helps bring organizations onto campus to provide students and staff with the importance of such unions and voting,” Croskey said.
“The goal of the Burger and Ballots RV event is to encourage people to participate in any way and be a part of the electorate,” stated Croskey.
He added, “Today’s youth has the ability to shape the social agenda, and policies that are put in place after the election ends will affect their future at some point.”
He described how political parties tend not to consider nor respond to groups of people who do not participate in the electoral process, who do not speak up and voice their opinion.
“After this Burger and Ballot event,” said Croskey, “I hope that on Nov. 4 we will have a huge voter turnout, with many newly registered, younger voters and student voters. Decisions in topics such as how we take care of our higher education process will be determined by these state elections, depending who is voted into office.”
“These kind of decisions are important to our students, and they should be able and are encouraged to voice their opinion,” Croskey said.
The Burger and Ballots RV visits 14 universities around the state of Pennsylvania, including Clarion University.
Other universities include Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Edinboro, East Stroudsburg, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.
APSCUF and ALF-CIO welcomes any student to come out and participate in the Burgers and Ballots RV event.
The Burgers and Ballots RV will provide good food served by Rosie the Riveter, political discussion with feature speakers and detail on the importance of voting.
For more information about APSCUF or CAP, visit APSCUF / Committee for Action Through Politics page.at http://apscuf.org/members/cap.