Osuala encourages voter registration among new students

Osuala encourages voter registration among new students

Chris Osuala greets a student.

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) President Christopher Osuala is leading the charge with a team of ASI senators to get incoming freshman and transfer students registered to vote.

As part of their orientation sessions throughout summer, incoming students have the opportunity to seek clubs and campus organizations that interest them at the Club Fair.

Throughout summer, Osuala and other ASI representatives will interact with incoming students to help them get involved and acclimated to the campus community.

Part of doing that is helping students register to vote, which allows them – as citizens – to help vote for changes and measures in government that affect places like Cal Poly Pomona.

“It’s part of your right as a citizen,” said Osuala between introducing himself to a freshman student and asking him to fill out a voter registration form. “If you don’t exercise this right, you lose your vote and give up your power to make a difference.”

Until freshman and transfer orientation sessions conclude in early September, Osuala and other ASI student leaders will spend 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday encouraging students to register to vote.

After just one Club Fair, Osuala said he and the other student leaders were able to register 44 students. Although they don’t have a numerical goal, they intend to, “register as many people as possible and get more people registered than the previous week.”

Even if someone enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona is not an orientation student, Osuala encourages him or her to register as well. He or she can do this, he said, by filling out a voter registration form at the Club Fair on the second floor of the Bronco Student or in the ASI Student Government office across from Round Table Pizza.

As ASI’s president, Osuala said he finds it particularly important for students to vote – especially with several propositions on the November ballot that could affect funding for The CSU and Cal Poly Pomona.

California voters will decide the fate of 11 propositions regarding statewide issues during the General Election on November 6.

For more information, visit asi.csupomona.edu or seek out your ASI student leaders.