UVA Hosts Voter Registration Event as Deadline Approaches

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NextGen Virginia is registering college students to vote NextGen Virginia is registering college students to vote

NextGen Virginia, an advocacy nonprofit, is trying to get college kids across Virginia to vote in the upcoming election.

It held an event called 10 Days Out Day of Action at campuses all across the commonwealth on Thursday, October 4, in an effort to push last-minute voter registration before the deadline on October 15.

Students at the University of Virginia say current events are driving them to the polls to cast their votes for their Congressional representatives. They say one of the biggest issues they're following is the controversial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

But that’s not the only issue students are watching, and many say it’s time for a change in Washington.

"It's not a hyperbole when we say this is the most important election of our lifetime coming up on November 6,” Andrew Perrow of NextGen Virginia, said.

Over the past couple of months, NextGen has been out at UVA registering students to vote.

"One thing that really needs to happen more than anything is for people to become informed about issues because I feel like a lot of the time people sort of just watch the news and, like, just accept things for how they are,” Val Hornsby, a student at UVA. “But what really they need to do is go to the source, understand what is the truth behind the situation."

Some students say they want to see people of all races leading.

"It's time for change, it's time for new people from diverse backgrounds that can actually reflect the ratio demographics of this country, and that's why I feel like it's important for young people to go out and vote for people we want to represent us,” Ciney Gnawua, a UVA student, said.

Students cite the controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as one of the major incentives to vote this year.

"As a woman myself, it's just – it’s disgusting, it's very irritating, and it makes me angry because these are the same politicians that are judging the Brett Kavanaugh case now, the same ones that were there with Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, we're going through the same process in 1991," Gnawua said.

But if people want to see change, then they need to vote.

"I think after 2016, people realized that sitting at home was not enough and the changes that are coming out of Washington and on state levels are really having a negative impact on students, on immigrants, on people looking for affordable health care," Perrow said.

Turnout among voters between the ages of 18 to 29 is historically very low, and NextGen is hoping events like this help to raise the numbers.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.