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Celebrate 1st day of classes by registering to vote at MTSU Honors College

Ticking off the back-to-campus checklist will be even easier Monday, Aug. 22, when MTSU offers eligible voters an opportunity to register on campus.

voter registration button squareThe American Association of University Women’s Murfreesboro chapter will sponsor voter registration for students, faculty, staff and others from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at MTSU’s Paul W. Martin Honors College Building.

The Honors Building is located across from the Student Union on the east side of campus. A printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Less than 80 days remain before Election Day across America, set for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

AAUW Mboro logo webOrganizers for the MTSU American Democracy Project note that only 44 percent of MTSU students were registered to vote in 2012. Only 62 percent of those registered students cast votes in that year’s elections.

Those statistics come from MTSU’s participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, which is supported by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. MTSU was one of 600 institutions nationwide to take part in the study.

Additionally, Tennessee ranks dead last among all 50 states in voter turnout, according to the most recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

For more information, contact Nancy James, director of the MTSU Child Care Lab and public policy chair of AAUW Murfreesboro, at 615-898-2970 or nancy.james@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)

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