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October 20, 2003 :: Langston Students Earn 2003-2004 VOICE Voter Registration Champion Honor

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Langston University students earned the title of 2003-2004 VOICE Voter Registration Champion in the inaugural voter registration drive sponsored by Vocal Oklahomans in Civic Engagement (VOICE).

Twenty-one campuses registered 2,539 voters during the two-day event held earlier this month.
Chancellor Paul G. Risser, on behalf of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Oklahoma Campus Compact, will present the students with a banner recognizing their achievement at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 during the “Celebration of Campus Projects” on the Langston campus.

“These students have shown great enthusiasm for this project, and it is an honor to recognize a campus that has actively encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunity to become a registered voter,” said Risser. “Langston students and the thousands of students across the state who participated in the voter registration drive should be commended for taking this important step in becoming leaders in our state.”

Langston University, which registered 445 voters, was selected based on the percentage of student voters registered compared to total campus enrollment.

In Oklahoma, voter turnout among young voters decreased 12 percent between 1972 and 2000. In 1998, voter turnout among 18- to 24-year old citizens was only 15 percent for state and local races, while turnout for the same group was 41 percent in 2000 during a presidential election.

VOICE, a program of the State Regents, is a student-led initiative to encourage Oklahoma college students to take action, such as volunteering or voting. Oklahoma Campus Compact is an organization of Oklahoma college and university presidents, representing 33 public and private institutions, who have committed to articulating the importance of civic responsibility as an outcome of higher education.