The Edmond Sun

October 8, 2012

UCO wins voter registration contest for third year


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Nearly doubling the amount of voters that registered last year, the University of Central Oklahoma won the Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Contest for the third year in a row, furthering Central’s commitment to encourage civic engagement among its students.            

Central placed first in the competition’s “blue” category for registering the greatest percentage of its enrollment among state institutions with full-time enrollments between 7,001 and 30,000.

Organized on campus by the American Democracy Project, 1,060 students, or 7.9 percent of the student body, registered to vote during a five-day drive in September.

“Helping with the voter registration drive on UCO’s campus was an experience that enabled me to truly understand the impact of holding other students accountable for their civic involvement as citizens of such a blessed nation,” said Jerrah Conley, student member of ADP.

“The fact that we won shows how much UCO students care about their communities and the decisions that impact them: Living Central means engaging in and caring about our communities and their leaders!”

Across the state, 24 college campuses registered 3,880 new student voters.