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October 28, 2004 :: Students Prepare to Mobilize for Nov. 2 Elections

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(Note: The VOICE Get-Out-The-Vote Rally scheduled for today at the State Capitol has been cancelled.)

In a final effort to mobilize Oklahoma college students to the polls next week, Oklahoma Campus Compact’s VOICE initiative is sponsoring Mobilization Day, Nov. 1.

Using everything from free food to free concerts, student organizers hope to get their campuses excited about voting. Organizers will also be asking students to make a promise to vote the next day by filling out voter pledge cards.

Mobilization Day is the finale to a statewide Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) campaign sponsored by Vocal Oklahomans in Civic Engagement (VOICE), part of the national Raise Your Voice campaigned funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

During the past two months, students have planned forums, block parties, debate watches, mock elections and much more as part of the GOTV effort. In September, students at 23 campuses registered over 3,900 students to vote in the second annual VOICE Voter Registration Contest. Oklahoma Christian University won the contest, registering more than 12 percent of their student body.

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.