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A Message from WesVotes

Fellow Students,

Approx. 15% of our campus voted in the 2008 Presidential Primaries (sources: Middletown Registrar of Voters, APSA). This is shameful. We hope you agree. The GENERAL ELECTION IS ONE MONTH AWAY AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING.

Decades from now, people will ask you what part you played in the election of the first African-American President or first female Vice-President … Make sure you have an answer for them.

The WesVotes Consortium (100% non-partisan) can help you vote more easily. Despite incredible support from the administration, we still need you to volunteer 15 minutes of your time.

Class of 2009 … you are getting beaten by underclassmen … badly. There are already volunteers in almost every Frosh, Sophomore and Junior hall/house. The senior class is just getting started.
Classes of 2010-2012, ask around, you already have a Hall/House Captain who can get you the forms, envelopes and stamps you need.

-Voting Absentee: If you’re already registered at home and would like to make your vote count there instead, there is VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT. In order to do this (in most states) you have to print and mail in an “Absentee Ballot Application” before your state’s deadline. (See your state’s deadline here).
-Voting in Connecticut: If not voting in another state, Wesleyan students eligible to vote can still register in Connecticut (Before October 21st)!!!

“House Captains” (1 per residence) It’s easy! Just ask your housemates where they want to vote. To volunteer just email your name, house location, and WesBox# to wesvotes@gmail.com.
“Street Captains” (1/2 per street) Want a more important role? Get a friend and team-up to make sure each house on your street has its own house captain. They’ll be telling you which forms they need and answering questions. To volunteer just email your name, house & street location, and WesBox# to wesvotes@gmail.com.
Want detailed instructions for these positions? Click here!

Finally, Volunteers, please attend a mandatory 10 minute training session this week.
They run twice a day beneath the main staircase in Usdan. Here are the times:
-TODAY, Wednesday (Oct. 1st) – 5pm & 8pm
-THURSDAY, (Oct. 2nd) – 5pm & 8pm
-FRIDAY (Oct. 3rd) 12 noon & 3pm

Thank you,
Chris Goy ‘09, Marcus Warmington09, Liza Conrad ’10, Saul Carlin ‘09, & Karl Grindal ‘09
WesVotes Board Members

WesVotes: New Student-Run Voter Registration Group

WesVotes, Wesleyan’s newest student-run voter registration group, is looking to have 100% voter turnout from Wesleyan students. Liza Conrad ’11 writes in:

WesVotes is a new, student-run organization that centralizes voter
registration and absentee ballot request on campus. Each hall will have a
Hall Captain who is charged with speaking with neighbors and getting them
registration forms, absentee ballot request forms, etc- which will be
available in the WSA offices.

Training dates for hall captains will be announced next week.

Contact wesvotes@gmail.com for more information.

WesVotes instructions

Step 1) Go canvass your hall mates and compile a list of where each intends to vote. Be sure to also count the total number of students in your hall or house
Step 2) Go to the WSA office and grab the contents of the file for each of those states.
Step 3) Make sure to grab enough envelopes for those that want to submit absentee request forms. CT registrants will be hand-delivered.
Step 4) Distribute the forms that you pick up in the WSA office to the appropriate hall mate. It is vital to have face to face interactions with each of them so you can help them if they have any questions. Slipping forms under doors will ABSOLUTELY not cut it.
Step 5) Follow any other specific instructions that you find in the state’s file.
Step 6) Collect forms and letters from your hall mates after they fill them out. Keep track of who you’ve collected from and bug the ones who haven’t given you theirs!
Step 7) Make sure that they look up their county clerk’s address if there is not an address on the form about where to send the absentee request form. Those who are not already registered in their home state must also submit a voter registration form in the same envelope as the Absentee request form.
Step 8) Deliver letters and forms to the secure drop box in WSA office. They should be dropped in the box as if they were ready to be mailed, minus the stamp, which we are buying.

STREET CAPTAIN INSTRUCTIONS:(Probably the most important role in this entire hierarchy.)
Step 1) You will ensure there is a house captain at every house on your street. You can even split it up with a friend if you would like.
Step 2) Record that House Captain’s name, email address and Wes Box#.
Step 3 Record how many people live in the house so you can track progress without having to return.
Step 4) Briefly train each House Captain in the 8 steps you see above.
Step 5) Send list of House Captain contact info to wesvotes@gmail.com (include numbers per house)
Step 6) Send each House Captain an email as soon as possible (make sure to ask them to find out where each of their housemates would like to vote ASAP).
Step 7) Pester your house captains to ensure they’ve picked up their state-specific absentee ballot request forms. If not, do it for them.
Step 8) Pester them to have their housemates complete the forms and that they mail them as quickly as possible.