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  • Granite State students come out in force for voter registration drives

    By Ben Wassel on

    New Hampshire voter registration works a little differently than in most other places, so when election officials come to campus to register students, it's a big deal. There were three voter registration drives across campuses here this past week though, and it was amazing to see students line up to get registered to vote.

    We know New Hampshire students are fired up to re-elect this President–we've felt the enthusiasm as student leaders went into high gear organizing their campuses this semester. Seeing so many students line up–rain or shine–to get registered really drives the point home that young people are going to make sure their voices are heard in this election.

    At Dartmouth College, students waited over half an hour to register outside the student center, with volunteers happily delivering hamburgers and dessert to eager future voters.

    Volunteers from Keene State College helped spread the word about the registration drive on their campus by keeping watch outside the bookstore, dining hall, and classrooms, catching any unregistered voters and personally bringing them to the registration drive.

    At the University of New Hampshire, the pouring rain didn't discourage the Wildcats for Obama team from standing outside the dining hall and making sure students knew they could register at school. All the team members agree - while their posters turned to pulp and marker washed off onto their hands and clothes, registering students was totally worth it.

    New Hampshire will be one of the closest states this November, with the outcome potentially coming down to just a few votes one way or another. Students at colleges and universities across the state know that President Obama's got their back and they've got his by registering and voting here in New Hampshire.Say you're in and commit to vote today!

    COMMIT

    A version of this post was originally featured on the New Hampshire's state blog.

  • Genevieve: a Badger for Barack

    By Josh on

    Genevieve

    Genevieve, a student in Madison, Wisconsin, tells the story of how a grassroots campaign event inspired her to do everything she can to make sure President Obama wins her state on Election Day.

    “I knew coming to the University of Wisconsin, it was really important to be involved in the political process, because I feel that it goes hand-in-hand with getting an education. I won’t be able to have an education if there aren’t people advocating for students in Washington.

    “My dad was the first in his family to go to college, and I will need access to affordable student loans to get the education I want. Not having factors holding you back that are out of your control, that’s why I support the President.

    “My friend has been volunteering for a while and encouraged me to join when the President came to campus, so I registered voters as they were walking to Bascom Hill. There were hundreds of other volunteers helping people register to vote—it was great to see all those like-minded people. A lot of people we’re passing by and telling us 'good job' as they walked by and 'thank you' to us for being out there, and we really appreciated it.

    “The energy at the event was amazing. Tammy Baldwin spoke really well, and students got a lot more exposure to her who may not be as clued into local politics. It was an eye-opener and got everyone charged up for President Obama."

    Madison rally

    “The whole day was really, really, fun, so afterward I was like, ‘oh, I want to do a little bit more.’

    “The field organizer was super easygoing about having people just come in, so I just popped in today and got started phonebanking. Most people on the line were very responsive, supporting and wanting to come in to get out the vote. I got a couple people to volunteer for that, so that was good.

    “It’s one thing to vote for somebody, but I think there’s one more layer to it, that you can feel like a part of it. You can be a piece of the puzzle that is a presidential campaign—however small, you’re still a piece.

    “For those who couldn’t make it to see President Obama because they live far away or in rural areas, I say try to get as involved as you can at a local level, because every vote is important. A lot of times, those smaller towns are where it’s most important, letting people know who’s running for election, what the issues are and knowing when to vote.

    “It’s getting down to the wire, so it will be fun to be a part of it.”

  • Dominic: “All in this together”

    By Lauren on

    Mr. President,

    I wanted to write you a letter. I don’t know if you will actually get to read it because I am sure you get thousands like this one each day. But I figured it is worth a shot!

    I am currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, I owe a lot to you. I have health insurance on my parents' plan because of you, I have gotten funding for my research because of you, and I have hope for the future of America because of you.

  • Actresses Olivia Munn and Ashley Judd Fire up Wisconsin

    By Josh on

    Taking a break from their busy filming schedule to speak with voters, Olivia Munn and Ashley Judd visited Wisconsin on Saturday . Speaking at Marquette, Olivia Munn joked around with students, but emphasized the unique importance of owning your vote in Wisconsin.

    "Every single person in Wisconsin has the power to really change the whole election. And you can vote early starting October 22nd. It’s this rare, magical place where your vote really matters, like Narnia, with unicorns… except it's Wisconsin… so I guess they’d be uni-cows."

    Ashley Judd spoke at packed field offices in Kenosha and Waukesha about the president’s commitment to equality for all.

    “Barack Obama has supported women’s rights across the board, from the Lily-Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, on day one no less!, to a women’s right to have control over their own bodies. And his opponent wants to take those rights away.”

    Olivia and Ashley are committed to helping re-elect President Obama. Wisconsin IS a magical place, so show your support by voting early starting October 22nd and get involved between now and Election Day.

    A version of this post was originally featured on the Wisconsin state blog.