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Monday, May 15, 2023   

As the municipal primary election fast approaches, the Community College of Philadelphia is continuing to educate students on the importance of voter registration and voting in all elections - not just the presidential.

The Community College of Philadelphia is part of a select group of campuses across the country to earn the Voter Friendly Campus designation.

The Voter Friendly Initiative recognized the College and its students for voter education and registration efforts ahead of tomorrow's primary election.

Community College of Philadelphia president, Guy Generals, PhD. - said they have regular ongoing voter registration drives at the college.

He added that the college has an online series entitled "Enough is Enough" which deals with various social issues that are tied back to the importance of voting.

"It since then has been pretty much a monthly installment of different issues - dealing with women's issues, issues with race, transgender violence, education, both the K-12 as well as higher education," said Generals. "And all of those centered around the importance that the only way that we can make change in matters that matters to us is through voting."

Generals pointed out that student Anthony Keenan was named to the All In Campus Democracy Challenge for his voter registration activities both throughout the campus as well as around the city.

He added that Keenan was one of 175 awardees nationwide.

Generals added that it's important for Pennsylvanian to vote in every election. He added that there are state and legislature elections as well as the mayoral election.

He pointed out that more than half of the Philadelphia city council will be up for election tomorrow.

"We point to what happens when you don't vote for the statewide elections, what happens is you get gerrymandering," said Generals. "We try to impress upon them that it's the state that controls the school board budget."

Generals added that they continue to raise voter awareness while mobilizing the students throughout the communities and most of this is organized through The Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership.

He added that the initiatives planned by the College have included discussions with city representatives, voter-registration events, and panel discussions where individuals learn about candidates, voting options and polling locations.

Support for this reporting was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.




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