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JagVote targets low election turnout

September 29, 2015

Democratic mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett will answer questions during the second annual JagVote event Sept. 30 in Campus Center Room 450, part of IUPUI students' efforts to encourage voter participation in the 2015 election.

Leaders from both parties and other political organizations will encourage voter registration and discuss get-out-the-vote efforts, absentee ballots and more during the event, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The Hogsett question-and-answer session will start at 7 p.m., also in Room 450.

Jawz helping voters

Jawz was on hand last fall to help students register to vote in the 2014 elections, and may be among the volunteers at this year’s second annual JagVote on Wednesday. | PHOTO COURTESY OF SPEA STUDENT COUNCIL

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs Student Council sponsors JagVote. Student Steve Eberhard has been part of the event both years and believes such activities are important to voter education and community participation in the electoral process.

JagVote will give IUPUI students and others from the campus community unusual access to people involved in all levels of politics and public governance, Eberhard said. The daylong event also gives people an opportunity to register or re-register to vote, fill out an absentee ballot, look up poll locations, and meet candidates running in this year’s city elections.

"In 2014, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout in the country," Eberhard said. Despite that fact, more than 500 IUPUI students registered to vote, an example of the power of voter expos like JagVote. “JagVote will continue the fight for Indiana's civic engagement with this special event."

Scheduled participants include Marion County Clark Myla Eldridge and Julia Vaughn from Common Cause, plus representatives of organizations such as Jobs with Justice, Marion County Republicans, Hogsett for Mayor, Social Justice Scholars, Center for Civic Literacy and the Marion County Election Board. Eldridge will open the event with a special address, followed at 3 p.m. by a Pass the Mic event with members of Social Justice Scholars and Common Cause.

"JagVote is important as a voter-registration opportunity, but it also is important as a networking, volunteer, internship and educational opportunity," Eberhard said.

Marc Lawrance, the director of the IU Public Policy Institute based at IUPUI, will emcee Hogsett's appearance.

For additional details on the event, visit the JagVote Facebook page.

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