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Monday, March 4, 2019

UCF recognized as a 'voter friendly campus'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 4:59 PM

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The University of Central Florida was just recognized as a "voter friendly campus" because of its effort to register students to vote.

UCF was named among 123 colleges and universities picked by NASPA and the Campus Vote Project as part of a program that "encourage students to vote, participate in the political process and develop a culture of democratic engagement on campus," according to a news release from UCF.

UCF was one of the first higher education institutions in Florida to become an early voting site during the 2018 midterms after a federal judge struck down a state ban on campus early voting sites.

"As a campus we have a coalition of students, staff, and faculty who promote civic engagement," says Haley G. Winston, assistant director for UCF's Office of Student Involvement.

Aside from securing an early voting site, UCF's plan to become a "voter friendly campus" also includes bringing elected officials to forums on campus, registering voters and achieving 70 percent participation of the student electorate voting by 2020.

Other schools in Florida who received the "voter friendly campus" designation include Rollins College, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, Miami Dade College and New College of Florida.

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