SAAS Voter Registration Drive a Huge Success

SAAS Voter Registration Drive a Huge Success

by Emily Carmichael

May 16, 2017 – On Friday, May 5, Sophia Hoffacker, the Field Coordinator for Washington Bus, came to SAAS to help register students to vote. That morning in the SAAS theatre, the senior class participated in a presentation on the Electoral College given by faculty members Chuck Sekyra and Barton Truscott. Afterwards, students were invited to visit a table in the Arts Center lobby where they could register to vote. Any citizen who will turn 18 by November is eligible to register, and through Friday’s efforts 33 seniors and juniors are now registered voters in Washington State. Several students were concerned about being able to also register to vote in the various states where they will be attending college, such as Colorado, Rhode Island, and California, but Sophia assured them that although voting in multiple places in the same election is illegal, being registered in more than one state is not. In fact, across the United States, having multiple voter registrations is fairly common.

Washington Bus is a non-partisan organization that works to engage young people in the political process, though voter empowerment, advocacy work around various issues important to young people, and leadership development. They offer paid fellowships each summer to youth between 18 and 25 years old, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities. SAAS junior Avidan Baral will be an intern with Washington Bus this summer.

We thank Washington Bus, and Sophia, for the success of Friday’s event, and hope to see them in the future.