Chico State receives voter-friendly designation

Chico >> Chico State University has been designated a voter-friendly campus for its efforts to provide resources and education to students and promote civic engagement.

That designation is due in large part to the voter registration and education program through the University’s Office of Civic Engagement. The program, led by student Jessica Candela, reached more than 5,000 community members and from March to October 2016, helped more than 350 people register to vote.

Candela, a senior studying political science and multicultural and gender studies, was tasked with overseeing voter education and registration on campus for much of 2016 in her role as coordinator of voter registration and education. She collaborated with other campus organizations to put on 18 voter education workshops and also visited classes and club meetings to talk about voting, registered students and held voter education forums.

The university’s First-Year Experience program allowed students to learn about local and national candidates and key issues at the Chico Great Debate and the Chico Town Hall Meeting before election day.

“No one can do this work alone, but together we can make a big impact,” Candela said.

While the university regularly performs voter outreach and education, this year’s efforts were guided by the voter-friendly campus framework so the university could receive the designation, Candela said.

“The mission of our voter registration and education program in…

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