How to Get Registered; Do It By Oct. 14th!

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard the political attacks going back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yes, it’s that magical time that arrives every four years – the general election! The general election is held on November 8, 2016. In this election, United States Citizens vote for more than just the President of the United States, they also vote for senators, seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and more. Regardless of your opinion of the candidates or political orientation, voting is a civic responsibility and the outcome has a great impact on our society.

Who Can Vote?

If you are a legal U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age by November 8, 2016, then you can register to vote.  However, you must be registered by October 14, 2016. You may print and mail in your voter registration or may register to vote online.

Residency Consideration

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Suffrage parade in New York, May 6, 1912. United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division. Public domain.

Students may establish voting residency in the place they consider their principal home, whether that be their current school address or at another address (such as a guardian’s address) they consider their primary residence (Brennan Center, 2016). If you have not declared Geneseo as your primary residence on your voter registration, then you need to apply for an absentee voting ballot.

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Image by Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States. CC Attribution.

Absentee Voting

“Voters in New York must have an accepted reason to vote absentee, including the inability to vote in person due to physical disability or absence from the county in which one is registered (if a resident of New York City, then absence from the city), among others. Voters may submit their application for an absentee ballot by mail (postmarked) seven days before Election Day (2016: November 1) or in person by the end of the day before Election Day (2016: November 7). Completed ballots may be submitted in person by the close of polls on Election Day or by mail such that the ballot is postmarked by the day before the election (2016: November 7) and received within seven days of the election” (Brennan Center, 2016).

New York Board of Elections Absentee Ballot

Have Questions or Need Help?

Stop by the Milne Library Research Help Desk and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.

References: 

Brennan Center for Justice. (2016). Student voting guide 2016. Retrieved from
http://www.brennancenter.org/how-vote-2016 

Written by Brandon West.

 

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Soul of a Citizen

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SOUL OF A CITIZEN: HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND YOUR ACTIONS COUNT

PAUL ROGAT LOEB is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times (St Martin’s Press 1999 and 2010, now with 145,000 copies in print), The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (Basic Books, 2004, and named the #3 political book of that year by the History Channel and the American Book Association), Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus (Rutgers University Press, 1994), Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. Both The Impossible and Soul won the Nautilus Award for best social change books of their respective publication years. (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

 

World of Wander: Living With People With Disappearing…

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WORLD OF WANDER: LIVING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISAPPEARING AND UNDER-DOCUMENTED LANGUAGES, AND SHARING STORIES THAT HIGHLIGHT THE POWER OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE.

Kris Dreessen, editor of the SUNY Geneseo alumni magazine and a freelance photographer and writer, gave up most her belongings in 2014 to live her dream: To travel around the world helping to document tribes with disappearing or changing languages, and sharing stories of everyday people who make a difference in the lives of others.  (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

 

Inaugural All-College Lecture

Kuh.OctDon’t miss this upcoming All-College Hour speaker event!  George Kuh’s inaugural lecture serves as the keynote address for Geneseo’s annual ASSESStivus, the event which celebrates and reaffirms Geneseo’s commitment to assessment as central to achieving our mission and goals as a public liberal arts college.

George D. Kuh is adjunct research professor at the University of Illinois and Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University (IU).  He directs the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and was the founding director of IU’s Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) as well as related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty.  (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.

 

Worlds in Translation: The Future Lies in Comparison

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Maria Helena Lima, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY Geneseo, was born in Brazil. Her research and teaching focus on the Caribbean, the African diaspora, and Black British writing. Some of her publications include “The Politics of Teaching Black and British” in Black British Writing (Palgrave 2004) and entries on Andrea Levy, Dorothea Smartt, and Meera Syal in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Vol. 347, 2009). (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.