UW Tacoma students are invited to Rock the Vote at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Join the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma in being informed on the measures up for vote on the Nov. 7 ballot. Entertainment and educational speakers for Rock the Vote have been arranged by ASUWT.
With the goal of the night being to inform attendees, candidates Philip Cowan and Meredith Neal for Tacoma City Council and mayoral candidates Jim Merritt and Victoria Woodard are set to speak.
Information on registering to vote and the voting process will also be available. Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson will be at Rock the Vote with a mobile drop-box for ballots. Washington Student Association will also be present to inform those in attendance on the importance of being politically engaged in your community.
ASUWT Director of Legislative Affairs, Armen Papyan, assisted in arranging the event.
“There will be a ballot drop box and the the auditor’s office will also be registering students to vote,” Papyan said. “The highlight of the event will be the students coming together with their elected leaders and candidates to open up a conversation. We will also be having our keynote speaker Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and the other amazing speakers who have chosen to be part of Rock the Vote.”
Voting is a way for your voice to be heard and to see what you want put in action. Many feel like their vote does not matter and they don’t see the direct effect, however, it is a way to see what you want done.
IAS Senior Lecturer at UWT Ellen Moore, PhD, feels that individual citizens can directly impact legislature, especially in Tacoma.
“It’s important for students (and faculty and staff!) to attend Rock the Vote because it is a direct way to hear what the candidates have to say and how they answer specific questions, without a mediated filter: it’s one thing to read about candidates on social media or in the paper; it’s another to see them in person,” Moore said. “It’s also part of being a citizen, making students an integral part of the local political process. Once you get involved, it’s addictive, and then you want to be involved more!”
Those who attend will also receive 10% off food from The Swiss for students.