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September 19, 2019 via LSU Reveille
LSU VOTER REGISTRATION DAY PUT ON BY GEAUX VOTE LSU
Geaux Vote LSU held LSU Voter Registration Day on Thursday on campus to give University students the opportunity to register to vote.
Members of Geaux Vote LSU were in Free Speech Alley and in front of Middleton Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. registering students to vote through TurboVote, an online program that simplifies the registration process. The organization wanted to offer students the opportunity to register before the registration deadline on Sept. 21.
Geaux Vote is a non-partisan organization that works to promote the importance of civic engagement, as well as educate students about the political process.
At the event, members of the organization educated students about the importance of registering and participating in elections, as well as helped students register.
Geaux Vote member and political communication sophomore Drake Brignac explained his thoughts about just how important it is to vote.
“Being college students, one of the most important reasons to vote is that we don’t have a lot voice because we are underrepresented,” Brignac said. “Being able to impact policy that affects our institution directly is really important.”
Biology freshman Aaliyah Robinson registered to vote at the event. Upon being asked about what drew her to register, she expressed her concern about the state that the U.S. is currently in.
“It’s important to put a voice out there and be able to vote on issues that are important to you,” Robinson said.
English and political communication senior and Geaux Vote LSU Vice President Zack Roubein offered multiple ways for people to take initiative and engage in state or national politics.
According to Roubein, a plethora of nonpartisan sources offer knowledge about candidates and bills. He included that louisiana.gov offers multiple voter’s rights guides, and many other impartial organizations post issue guides on the internet before elections.
He added that University students can get involved on campus with local Democrat or Republican chapters, Geaux Vote or Student Government.
“There’s a lot of small things that can communally add up to change,” Roubein said.
Political communication senior and Geaux Vote LSU Co-President Claire Hadlock added that students can also get involved with BR Votes, a local organization aimed at making sure Baton Rouge citizens have access to local voting information. The organization also has a Facebook group that people may join for updates.
Multiple political figures that are running for different local elections came to the event to promote student engagement. Steve Carter, Gwen Collins Greenup, Regina Barrow, Tara Branson and Laurie White Adams were among the candidates that came to the event.
“Being able to directly interact with your legislators and hold them responsible because you chose them or didn’t choose them is really important,” Brignac said regarding the importance of voting.
“The fact that we have had such a troubled history with voting in the country, if you aren’t registered to vote, I would say that you’re wasting people’s lives and time and energy that they dedicated a century ago and fifty years ago,” Brignac said.
June 28, 2019
LAURIE WHITE ADAMS ANNOUNCES
CANDIDACY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 68
Baton Rouge, LA — Laurie White Adams today officially announced her candidacy for State Representative to serve the people of District 68. Adams, a Republican, is a first-time candidate.
Adams came to Baton Rouge to attend LSU in 1988 and made it her home. She and her husband, Johnny, have two children who themselves now attend. With her children grown, the conservative business women and leader wants to be a part of crafting solutions that will move Baton Rouge and the State of Louisiana forward.
“It’s time for rational, principled individuals who owe nothing to special interests to work on behalf of our citizens to get our State back on track. Families in District 68 need a representative who will always serve people over politics and who will seek creative solutions to focus on priorities that will secure future opportunities for our State. I have the passion, determination, and the life experience to represent this district in the legislature the way our people deserve,” said Adams.
Adams told friends and supporters that she is focused on a variety of critical issues aimed at making life better for residents in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana and more attractive to business and industry. These issues include budget reform, education, infrastructure and legal & regulatory reform.
“As a long-time Louisiana resident, I know it is time to break-up constitutionally dedicated funding so Louisiana can make wise budgetary decisions. Imagine if your family or company budget was set in stone 30 or 40 years ago? Would that budget make sense for your family or business today? Of course not!” she said.
Adams is Director of Advancement & Enrollment Management at Parkview Baptist School. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church where she has served has a deacon, small group leaders, Sunday School teacher, and in the worship team. She is currently Vice President of Education for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served at the AFP National Philanthropy Day Chairman in 2018. Her community service includes: Baton Rouge High School Foundation Board, Elan Cotillion Board, and the Arden O. French Leadership Academy Board. She is a member of Tri Delta Sorority and is active in the Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter.