Voting fair provides information on registering to vote

By Joseph Hernandez

The Associated Students Union provided students the opportunity to become registered voters and learn how to prepare for the primary election was the focus for the Voter Registration Fair on Feb. 23.

The fair was organized by the Associated Students Union, as they wanted to provide students with an informal and nonpartisan event that would help students register to vote.

The League of Women Voters were also a part of the fair through a partnership with ASU.

“We wanted to partner up with a nonpartisan and legitimate resource to help students get the correct information and help them register to vote,” the Vice President of Advocacy Emily Fu said.

An nonpartisan political organization that works to empower voters to participate in our democracy.

They advocate, educate, litigate and organizine to protect every American’s freedom to vote.

LWV helped students register to vote and educate them about voting.

Their lessons mainly dealt with the researching topics before voting, why their votes matter and how they can have an impact.

“We want not only for them to be registered to vote. We want them to be educated voters so we offer a lot of information on our website about where to navigate, so voters can make up their minds and not get false information,” the President of the LWV Pasadena Area Martha Zavala said.

After a student registered to vote, they would be given a “I registered to vote” pin and were able to talk to one of the members of LWV about voting and the elections. 

The president of ASU Martin Romero said that the outcome of students at the fair was encouraging to him.

“We didn’t think that we were going to get too many students, but the amount of students that were able to come up and say, they were interested in registering to vote or stated they registered and are ready to vote. It’s very encouraging,” Romero said.

During the fair, ASU members were set up in two booths where students would line up to get a ticket for a free sandwich.

However, students had to answer an American history related question to win the ticket. The questions ranged from easy to hard, but it wasn’t anything too challenging for students.

Romero said that it helped advertise the fair to students and engage them in current political matters.

“We want students to not only come here for the food, but also engage students with this greater connection with understanding political matters. Not every student is able to register to vote, but we still want them to understand some of the current events that are going on,” Romero said.

The food that was served at the fair was mainly sandwiches with two drinks of the students choice, orange juice and lemonade.

Update:

This article was originally printed before the March 5 primary election. Some of the dates and tenses in the article have been changed because it was published online at a later time.

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