Unity College 'voter parade' floods polls with students
Unity — More than 100 students from Unity College filled the Community Center to cast their ballots as part of a “voter parade” Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The “voter parade” started in 2004 as part of the Unity Experience course for first-year students, which highlights the core values of the college, Unity College Associate Director of Communications Mark Tardif said.
“Students are encouraged to be engaged,” Tardif said.
Unity College senior Matt Dyer, who helped organize this year’s parade, said he feels it’s important for Americans to exercise their right to vote. As an intern for President Obama’s campaign, he said the goal is to get as many people as possible out to vote, regardless of their political views.
“One way to promote voting is to make it fun,” Dyer said. “That’s why we make a parade out of it, because it’s fun.”
Dyer estimated that between 100 and 120 students participated in the parade, which is organized for each presidential election. Sophomores Jena Zoller and Alex Prestera were two of the students who participated in Tuesday’s parade, citing the same-sex marriage ballot question as an issue of particular interest to both of them.
“I really wanted to vote yes on [Question] One, Zoller said. Prestera added, “Same-sex marriage is a big deal for me.”
The intent of events such as the “voter parade” Tardif said, is for students to be encouraged to become engaged in their communities.
The Unity College Diversity Committee and Constructive Activists student group sponsors the parade.
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