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Victoria College celebrates Constitution Day by encouraging students to register to vote

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 17, 2012 at 4:17 a.m.

Katie Bochat glances over the constitution quiz a voter registration booth at Victoria College's Student Center on Monday.

Donning a white and blue striped A-line dress and red lipstick shining from her lips, Elaine Hensley was dressed right for the occasion.

The student activities director smiled and greeted Victoria College students walking up to the voter registration booth.

"We're trying to encourage students to get out and vote," Hensley said.

The push for voter registration was married with the celebration of Constitution Day, which marked the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.

"It's a presidential election this year," Hensley said. "It's important that all students vote."

Freshman Katherine Fuente spent about 10 minutes filling out her registration card.

"I decided it'd be a good idea to register," Fuente said. "It's our right."

Hensley, the college's student activities director, recalled voting in her first election years ago during the Clinton administration.

"I was excited about voting," Hensley said. "It's the grown-up thing to do."

Unfortunately, Hensley said, students often put off voting for fear of getting a jury duty summons - something she and Lee Juarez agree is a misconception.

"I find it funny and ironic because you start getting jury duty when you receive your license," Juarez said.

Juarez, a 24-year-old sophomore, decided to come back to school after a three-year hiatus.

"I went through a rough patch in my life," Juarez said.

But now that he is back in school, the young Democrat to running in an election of his own for student government president.

The student said because he voted for Barack Obama in 2008, the upcoming general election is an important one for him.

"We need more jobs, a better economy and we also need to close the socioeconomic gap in our country," Juarez said. "I think Romney has made some good points, but that Obama is working hard to fulfill his promises."



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