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October 5, 2004 :: Oklahoma Christian University Takes Top Honors for Voter Registration Contest

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A contest among Oklahoma college campuses to register more students to vote in this fall’s state and national elections has produced some positive results.

Officials with the Oklahoma Campus Compact announced today that Oklahoma Christian University has won the second annual VOICE (Vocal Oklahomans in Civic Engagement) Voter Registration Contest. The Oklahoma City-based university registered 230 of its students for the Nov. 2 elections.

The winning campus is selected based on the percentage of students registered in comparison to total campus enrollment. The 230 students registered at OC represent about 12 percent of the entire student body.

OC combined with 22 other Oklahoma college campuses to register more than 3,900 students statewide during a two-day stretch last month.

Langston University won the first VOICE Voter Registration Contest in 2003 by registering 445 new student voters.

The contest was part of the statewide Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) campaign that is designed to register new student voters, educate students on candidate and ballot issues and mobilize students to vote. GOTV is sponsored by the VOICE initiative, a part of the national Raise Your Voice campaign and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Other activities planned throughout the next several weeks include block parties, phone-a-thons, debates, student dialogues and the VOICE GOTV Rally scheduled for Oct. 28.

Oklahoma Campus Compact was established in 2000 and provides leadership, networking and technical assistance to Oklahoma college campuses and communities in the areas of service learning, civic engagement and community service.