UTSA student government members register nearly 500 voters in one-day event

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UTSA Student Government Assocation members at National Voter Registration Day booth

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(Sept. 27, 2013) -- UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) members registered 481 people to vote in Bexar County as part of the organization's efforts to engage in the local community through the National Voter Registration Day project.

On Sept. 24, volunteers, celebrities and organizations across the country hit the streets for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts was to create a pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities.

It also continues the SGA effort to register voters. Last year, they were nationally ranked for voter registration numbers and this year, they were again impressive.

Maria Teresa Kumar, president of Voto Latino and a co-founder of National Voter Registration Day, said, "What The University of Texas at San Antonio did on National Voter Registration Day is truly incredible. This was one of the largest events in the nation."

Many universities and campuses held events and submitted statistics as part of the National Voter Registration Day project. At UTSA's event, students were invited to write why they registered to vote on giant chalkboards. Students who were not yet registered to vote also could take a moment to register. Anyone stopping by the display received a free pizza slice.

SGA President Zack Dunn said SGA became involved in the event because they recognize the importance of getting students engaged in civic matters and accountability.

"A strong community and a strong city happen when people are engaged," said Dunn. "UTSA students want to contribute to making our campus, our community and our city stronger."

Hannah Beck, SGA director of legislative affairs, was the key facilitator of the effort on campus.

"It was really exciting to see my fellow students want to add their voices to the community and come together to make a difference and be engaged in the world," said Beck.