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COMMENTARY: Students should care about improving voter turnout

I am running for New Brunswick Board of Education in the upcoming election, because I want to strengthen the ties between the community and our educational institutions.

Students are a critical part of the New Brunswick community, and young people are the future of our city and state. Whether it is the more than 10,000 K-12 students who attend our public schools, or the tens of thousands of college students who call the Hub City their home, education is central to the success of our city.

Your vote is your voice, and it is important that everyone who has the right to vote makes sure to use it. Unfortunately, New Jersey’s laws require voters to register a full three weeks before any given election. That means anyone who wants to vote in this school board election must register on or before Tuesday, March 27.

Whether you live in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Highland Park or North Brunswick, Rutgers students should register to vote here in Middlesex County, where we spend most of our time. Our voices are much stronger when we are united, and Election Day is always a Tuesday so it is much more convenient to vote here. It is easy and smart to register.

The University Senate deserves credit for its recent report on improving student voter turnout. One of the most significant recommendations contained within calls for exploring the creation of additional on-campus polling locations. This recommendation represents an important electoral reform that, according to The Daily Targum, University President Robert L. Barchi is considering. I hope that Barchi will allow for our student centers to be used as polling locations here in New Brunswick, just like they are at the Piscataway campuses.

I also hope that you will all register to vote here in our great city if you have not already done so, and that you will support me and my running mate Jad Kaado in the April 17 election. Voter registration forms are available at our website, ChangeForNewBrunswick.

Nancy Love is a Rutgers senior who is running for New Brunswick Board of Education.

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