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Voter registration at GSU

Even though the deadline has passed to register for the upcoming November election, a group of students are still working to register students to vote in future elections.
    A collaboration between the Georgia Southern chapter of the NAACP, National Black Law Students Association (BALSA) and Black Student Alliance will be holding voter registration drives every Tuesday and Wednesday during October and November in the hopes of registering 1,000 students to vote.
    Joi Reed, president of BALSA at GSU, said it was important to get students involved in the political process because the policies being made today will affect everyone in the future.
    "It's your civic duty to vote," she said. "Especially for minorities who had their ancestors fight for the right to vote. It's almost disrespectful to not vote," she said.
    Bryan Toles, chairman of the NAACP's political action committee, said it's important to be involved in the political arena to give you a voice in policy decisions.
    "Those who don't engage in the politics can't affect policies that are made, and then they have to deal with the police who enforce those policies," he said. "We want people to be involved in the beginning of the process."
    As of Tuesday morning, the group had registered more than 270 people to vote.
    "Even though it's too late to vote in the governor's election, we still want people to be registered to vote in the next presidential election and in the local elections," Toles said.
    One of those who registered Tuesday was Stephanie Mosely, who said her friends convinced her to sign up to vote.
    Mosely said she'd never voted before, but now that she's registered, she probably would vote.
    "I haven't paid attention to (politics) before, but now I might start to follow it," she said.
    Reed said the creation of a polling precinct across from Georgia Southern should also increase the level of involvement among students in politics.
    The registration drives will continue throughout October and November on the campus of Georgia Southern.

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