Students register to vote in record numbers

Amy Schlumpf Manion, Aurora University's Deputy Registrar for Voting, helps register an AU student

Amy Schlumpf Manion, Information Services Librarian and Deputy Registrar for Voting for Aurora University, helps register an AU student.

Only 58 percent of young voters across the country say they are “definitely likely to vote” in this fall’s General Election according to a Gallup survey released in July. And numerous articles in the media say that enthusiasm is down among young voters, especially compared to the excitement that was so evident among 18 to 29-year-olds in the 2008 election.

Given those statistics, Amy Schlumpf Manion, Information Services Librarian and Deputy Registrar for Voting for Aurora University, has been surprised by the interest shown so far on campus.

“In 2008, by the end of September I had registered 93 students; this year I’ve already registered 144,” said Manion. “To me, that indicates our students are engaged, interested and following the election pretty closely.”

According to the Higher Education Act, colleges and universities are required to provide information about voter registration to its students. That is accomplished by Manion, who is also an Information Services Librarian in Phillips Library. In addition to registering students at university events and in the library, she has gone to classes to sign up students and will be participating in a voter registration drive sponsored by the AU Gamma Phi Omega sorority on Monday, October 8, 2012.

The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Members of the AU community who wish to register should stop by Phillips Library with two forms of identification prior to the deadline.

For more information, refer to the online voting guide created especially for AU students: http://libguides.aurora.edu/voting.