Schools Encourage Students to Register

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

Some Valley colleges think they're up to the challenge.

Bridgewater College and Mary Baldwin College are among 16 schools across the state competing in the 2004 voter registration "Challenge." The contest is sponsored by Shenandoah University's John Marsh Institute for Government and Public Policy.

The school with the highest percentage of registered students wins. But Bridgewater's Justin Pruett, president of the school's student body, says regardless of the contests, students should register.

"There's a lot of serious issues going on in this election, particularly the war in Iraq, education," he said. "These are issues that affect college students, issues that are going to affect us long term.

"So we gotta figure out if we want another four years of our current president, or a new four years with a different president."

Bridgewater won the first Challenge four years ago. The deadline to register to vote here in Virginia is Monday.

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