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VT group seeks unregistered student voters

By Orlando Salinas, osalinas@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:10:35 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 24 2013 08:40:21 AM EDT

It's the busy ''move in week'' at Virginia Tech and lots of groups are taking advantage of all that.

It's the busy ''move in week'' at Virginia Tech and plenty of groups are taking advantage of all that fact.

The Student Voter Project or SVP is one of them. SVP spent the last three days staking out a table in front of Dietrick dining hall on the VT campus. Student volunteers were approaching fellow students, asking if they were registered to vote. You couldn't ask for a more captive audience, thousands of students walking near a dining hall

SVP says it's non-partisan and wants to register as many students to vote as possible. SVP organizer Shawn Ghuman, said the college student voting block is huge and routinely overlooked by many campaigns. "We've seen a spiral of disengagement' said Ghuman, "where campaigns don't come to tech and give enough effort to get students to register and vote. What happens with that is that students see that lack of effort from campaigns and they don't want to be politically active."

Ghuman said Virginia's gubernatorial candidates should be making VT a regular stop, but history doesn't show much interest on the candidates part. VSP, in a press release, said only 89 VT students voted at the campus precinct in the 2011 election.

The Student Voting Project says it hopes to register at least 3 thousand VT students by this Fall. By its own admission, SVP says that's a lot of work