Dozens of students had the opportunity to register to vote at CNR on Tuesday, September 25, as part of National Voter Registration Day.
“The right to vote is one of the greatest treasures provided to a community of citizens and a cornerstone of our ability to strive for equality and defend the ‘unalienable rights’ of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ because of its foundation on the ‘consent of the governed,”’ said Dr. William Latimer, president of the College. “The right to vote provides the possibility of access to all viewpoints, all political parties, and all people. Despite the many challenges we face as a nation, the simple act of voting is one the purest expressions of the nature of freedom. Hosting The League of Women Voters in our combined effort is yet another wonderful opportunity given the many points of intersection between their mission and legacy and the underlying principles that guide the Ursuline Order that founded The College of New Rochelle.”
Voter Registration Day is part of the larger initiative “March for our Lives,” which has called on mayors from across the country to participate in get out the vote campaigns and empower their communities to have their youth’s voices be heard during elections.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson also took the time to stop by CNR to meet some of the newly registered students.
“High school and college students have the power to make a real difference in our community and nation, and have a profound stake in the choices made by government. So whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, whether liberal, moderate, or conservative, we encourage every eligible young person in New Rochelle to register, to vote, and to make their voice heard,” said Mayor Bramson.
Several students expressed how much they looked forward to voting for the first time, including Kailee Frank, who, though a junior, had not yet registered to vote.
“I’ve wanted to and I think it’s extremely important,” she said. “I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity to register.”
“It’s liberating to be able to vote and to have a say in who leads the country,” said Jessica Ramirez, a freshman from the Bronx.