Centralia College was officially designated a Voter-Friendly Campus by the Campus Vote Project and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, two national nonpartisan organizations leading an initiative to reduce barriers to student voting.
CC is one of only two colleges in Washington to receive the Voter-Friendly designation this year. The other is Washington State University.
The Associated Students of Centralia College pursued the Voter-Friendly Campus designation leading up to the 2018 election and hosted several events to encourage students to vote. These efforts included:
- Hosting voter registration events on Sept. 17 and 25, and Oct. 2
- Participating in and being named one of the winners of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Student Voter Challenge (students will be having lunch with the governor and Secretary of State on March 28)
- Hosting voter education programs on campus, including a presentation on how evolution and brain chemistry affect voting practices and a presentation about the women’s suffrage movement
- Hosting a Candidate Town Hall
- Providing refreshments and stickers to voters using the ballot dropbox on campus on Nov. 6
Initial reports indicate CC’s student leaders registered or updated the registrations of 109 people during this time. A full report is expected this spring.
“Students have been the driver this year in making the efforts at Centralia College a success,” said Jaima Kortlever, president of the Associated Students of Centralia College. “But, we are a two-year college and the students involved this year won’t be here next year. We’re talking now about how to keep the momentum going on campus. We will be training the next student government and we’re working extra hard to get more staff and faculty involved in voter engagement.”
CC’s designation is valid through December 2020.