Clarion, Pa.- Clarion’s chapter of APSCUF, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, along with registered student organizations including the Clarion Young Democrats, Student Senate and Clarion College Republicans, hosted a voter registration drive prior to the pivotal March 28 deadline for local Pennsylvania voters.
The drive took place March 23 to encourage voting in the upcoming closed Pennsylvania primary. APSCUF is a labor union that represents faculty members at all 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
A myriad of students came through and registered over the course of the event. They expressed varying degrees of political persuasion and foundational knowledge regarding the candidates, the issues dominating the election and other particular nuances.
Students with an understanding and interest in the presidential election who had yet to register to vote were present at the drive. Due to Pennsylvania’s recent implementation of online voter registration, this drive gave them an immediate chance to legitimize their involvement in the political process.
Speaking with students as they participated in the event in regards to which presidential candidate they were most likely to vote for, the vast majority were predisposed to Senator Bernie Sanders, which is largely unsurprising due to the Brooklyn native’s appeal to the collegiate electorate thus far.
Those who did not support Sanders instead tended to side with candidates across the board, such as business tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump or Ohio Governor John Kasich, rather than current Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Some cited several of the former Secretary of State’s perceived shortcomings in this particular election. Some felt that Clinton is failing to adequately quell an atmosphere of controversy on several issues including the Benghazi and email scandals.