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MEN OF MOREHOUSE TAKE TO THE STREETS TO GET OUT THE VOTE

Classes cancelled as students work to canvass neighborhoods, work as poll watchers and serve as precinct runners

ATLANTA, NOVEMBER 3, 2008- Classes have been cancelled as hundreds of Morehouse students work to ensure that every vote in the West End and Southwest Atlanta communities is cast and counted.

The senior administration at Morehouse made the decision to suspend all classes on Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day), to give the students an opportunity to participate in civic activities around the historic presidential election. The students’ involvement is indicative of President Robert Franklin’s charge for them to be “Renaissance Men with a social conscience.”

" I am pleased to support the unanimous recommendation of the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and the academic deans that our students and campus regard the day as an opportunity to engage in civic activity —including voting, volunteerism, poll watching and nonpartisan voter mobilization,” said Franklin. “This decision is in accord with the Morehouse tradition of urging student leaders to serve the community and promote the common good.”

Students will be engaged in a number of nonpartisan efforts over the next day and a half. Then, they will host a viewing party on election night to witness the returns come in.

Monday, November 3rd
• The Great Student Debate
7 - 9 p.m., Sale Hall Chapel

Tuesday, November 4th
• Precinct Runners – Students will float between the precincts located in Archer Hall on the campus of Morehouse College and Warren Church located on Parsons Street. Their main objective will be to report on poll activity.

• Canvass Teams – Students will canvass neighborhoods around the Atlanta University Center and the West End community to maintain election visibility and encourage residents to vote.

• Voter Protection Team – Students from the Brisbane Institute at Morehouse will monitor voter complaints from around the country and submit the complaints to Election Protection Administration Central via the Internet. The headquarters for the Voter Protection Team will be the computer lab in the rear of the Learning Resource Center.
• Election Viewing Parties- Election returns parties will be held on campus from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. in multiple locations. The main location is Douglass Hall. Satellite locations in Chivers Dining Hall and the Kilgore Campus Center Snack bar.


Sponsored by the Political Science Department, The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Division of Student Services, The Student Government Association, Campus Alliance for Student Activities (CASA), The Office of Communications and the Brisbane Institute

Posted by edurham at November 4, 2008 06:00 PM

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