CofC Rocks the Vote

Students at CofC registering to vote at the "Rock the Vote" event.

By Sonya

CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- If you want to entice college kids to get out and "Rock the Vote," sometimes you just need a little pizza and music.

"Rock the Vote is more on their level in terms of combining music and food and the discussion about issues that seem to resonate more with students," said Jeri Cabot, dean of students at College of Charleston.

Food and music did reel them in and some even took the bait, taking time to fill out a voter registration form.

"It's important just to have a voice I think, to be a part of this, obviously," said Shelby Funches, a freshman at College of Charleston. "In other countries, everybody is not able to vote so being able to vote is very important, so I just figured why not take that step."

And taking that step to register was especially easy during Thursday's event.

"So convenient. I was actually walking to class and I could actually stop and register on my way to class, so I didn't have to go out of my way at alldid it right there and then," said Will Jamieson, a College of Charleston student.

Convenience was the idea behind the event, which was put together by the Student Government Association and the Bully Pulpit Project.

"We are just trying to get all the students here to register to vote," said Ryane Wilson, a freshman at College of Charleston.

The effort was aimed at as many students as possible, no matter where they are from.

"A student might live in NC, which is a swing state or they might come from Virginia or Florida, those are swing states in the selection cycle, so they may be more energized to make sure they vote from their home state," said Cabot.

Whichever way they vote, organizers hope Thursday's event makes politics easier to swallow.

More than 120 students registered to vote during the event, which lasted from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday in front of the Physicians Auditorium on George Street in downtown Charleston.

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