Yesterday, the Wesleyan Student Assembly introduced the Voter Accessibility Act, which will promote greater civic engagement on campus. Because we are in an election year, it is imperative for students to have access to the information they need in order to vote. The resolution aims to bring voter registration into the first-year orientation process. When students arrive and fill out out their I-9s and other forms, they too will be able to register to vote. Students will have the option of selecting either their home states (via absentee ballot) for registration or they will register to vote in Connecticut. For current Wesleyan students, the mechanisms by which to vote will be found on the WSA website at the beginning of the next academic year. In addition, the WSA office will provide print-out copies of registration forms, absentee ballots, etc.
This resolution clears up many of the logistical and technical barriers that interfere with students’ ability to vote in local, state, and federal elections. You can find the resolution here.
Discussion and voting on this resolution will happen in the WSA Senate Meeting on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 6:00PM in 41 Wyllys, Room 114. We invite all community members to come and voice their opinions on this matter.