Chalon Campus Designated Polling Site
The College registered more than 80 students to vote during the fall semester, securing a polling place at the Chalon Campus in November and raising the profile of the Mount as it participates in the national Rock the Vote campaign.
The gain in student voters in the West Los Angeles precinct that includes the College was required by Los Angeles County to establish the polling site, said Rosalyn Kempf, director of the Mount's Women's Leadership office, which is coordinating voter registration and education drives.
This is a busy election season for students, faculty and staff, as the College takes a lead role in registering voters and educating the public about campaign issues through Rock the Vote and several events this fall. The Mount is one of five colleges and universities in Southern California named Rock the Vote sites – a distinction that puts Mount students in the forefront of political participation among young Americans. Others participating in the region are USC, Cal State Northridge, University of LaVerne, and Chapman College.
In the remaining weeks before the election, Rock the Vote will be sending election 2004 buttons, banners, and other campaign paraphernalia to Women’s Leadership. Students will staff voter registration tables and information booths outside area retailers, and make up “street teams” that will walk neighborhoods to raise awareness about the election.
“Part of the goal is not to just get the students voting for this election, but to continue having them involved when it’s not a presidential election,” said Kim Terrill, associate director of Women’s Leadership.
The College showed the documentary voting rights film “Freedom on My Mind” as part of its Human Rights Film Festival in September. The event was co-sponsored by the Sociology Department and its Documentary Film and Social Justice program. In October, the College's American Party Politics class held a mock presidential debate.