By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Students at Community College of Philadelphia got a visit from the “Rock the Vote” bus on Tuesday. The youth-oriented voter registration group hopes to sign up 1.5 million new voters for the November 6th election. They included photo ID information in the local effort.
“Rock the Vote” volunteers helped students fill out registration forms, then sent them to volunteers from the Voter I.D. coalition. Ken Brendlinger says many of the newly registered would-be voters did not have the proper ID.
“A lot of people are very confused about what they need to vote, unfortunately,” he says. “And of course, they’ve been changing the criteria on a daily basis.”
Students were grateful for the help, and did not necessarily object to the ID requirement.
“It’s not difficult,” one student said. “It’s just like you’re getting your state ID or your driver’s license. It’s just something you have to do.”
“I think it was good to keep people from being fraudulent,” said another.
“Rock the Vote’s” Michelle Clark says young voters have the potential to be a powerful block.
“12,000 young people turn 18 every day,” she says. “So if every one of those people headed to the polls and voted, change could happen.
The registration deadline for Pennsylvania is October 9th.