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  • With Vote Center, Sac State pushes election participation


    Sacramento State is making history as the only California university with a Vote Center on its campus for the November general election.

    The center will provide a central location where any registered voter may vote or drop off a ballot. It is one of many centers that have replaced traditional polling places in Sacramento County

    The Vote Center in Modoc Hall, 3020 State University Drive, will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3-5, and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.

    On Election Day, Associated Students Inc. (ASI) will operate a shuttle for voters from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with stops in front of Shasta Hall and near the Library Quad fountain.

    The south-campus location is convenient for the Sac State community, as well as neighborhood residents and commuters on Highway 50 and Folsom Boulevard. Parking is free in designated spaces.         

    ASI, the University’s student government leadership, has adopted the Vote Center as a part of its “Rock the Vote” campaign this election season.

    “ASI has been and will continue to get voter information out to the Sac State campus,” says Noel Mora, ASI president. “So far, ASI’s Office of Governmental Affairs has had voter registration and information tables at nine different events. Over seven days, ASI registered more than 200 Sacramento State students to vote.”

    Sacramento County is one of 14 counties allowed to conduct elections under the 2016 California Voter’s Choice Act, a model that replaces traditional polling places with Vote Centers. The idea is to make voting more accessible and convenient by opening dozens of Vote Centers and extending to multiple days the opportunities voters have to cast ballots. All registered voters have received a ballot by mail.

    Citizens may visit the Sac State Vote Center, operated by Sacramento County’s Department of Voter Registration and Elections, to:

    • Drop off their mail-in ballot (and save on postage).
    • Take advantage of conditional voter registration, which allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day.
    • Pick up a replacement ballot.
    • Update voter registration information.
    • Pick up voting material in multiple languages.

    “Sacramento State is deeply committed to the civic engagement of our students, and I am proud that ASI has made participation in this year’s election a priority for the student body,” says University President Robert S. Nelsen. “The simple act of voting is the cornerstone of our democracy.” – Dixie Reid


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