CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Most students at Coastal Carolina University will be first-time voters for the upcoming presidential election. Assistant Professor at CCU, Drew Kurlowski, recognized this and introduced TurboVote to Student Life and the Student Government Association.
“If we get them voting young, it’s more likely they will continue to vote and participate in civil life as adults,” Kurlowski said about CCU students.
TurboVote is a digital initiative that allows users to register to vote online, receive forms and postage for absentee ballots and sends users text and email reminders.
“It might help students register and get that ballot but what students sometimes need is that reminder,” said Kurlowski. “They’re not going to check the calendar and say, ‘Oh it’s election day!” What they need is that email saying ‘Don’t forget today’s the day you need to get out there and vote.’”
CCU freshman, Ryan Gardner, said he wasn’t going to register to vote for this year’s election.
“I didn’t know how to do it,” said Gardner. “I wasn’t going to bother with it because it was going to take so long.”
However, he used TurboVote to sign up and it took about two minutes.
“That was actually surprisingly quick. I thought it was going to be a lot harder,” he added.
The partnership with CCU allows the school to send students paperwork and postage if they would like to vote absentee. Funds for the TurboVote partnership came from a student engagement budget typically used by the Student Government Association to set up tents and print forms for a registration drive.
You don’t have to be a CCU student to register for TurboVote. For more information on how to sign up, click here.