PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On this final day to register to vote in Pennsylvania, a group of Drexel University students with climate change among their concerns staged a registration campaign at a familiar campus landmark.
John Lazars, a field organizer for Next Generation Climate, worked with students manning a table under a canopy at the Drexel Dragon statue at 33rd and Market Streets.
Lazars says the goal of the event was to get people committed to carrying out their civic duty on November 8.
“We’re here to make sure every single person is voting and as students they’re busy,” he said. “We want to make sure they know they have the right to vote here if they want to.”
Here as in Philadelphia, where they go to school, even if they live elsewhere and are registered there.
Lazars says his group has been busy in the closing days of the deadline both at Drexel and Penn.
“We pull either 50 or 100 a day here on these campuses. They’re large campuses,” he said. “As for the other groups, I know they’re getting less.”
Lazars adds after the paperwork is signed the students are encouraged to keep climate change in mind as an issue when they head to the voting booth next month.
“Once they’ve registered to vote, we ask them to commit to vote for the climate,” he said. “We act politically to stop the impending climate disaster.”
New Jersey’s deadline for voter registration is next Tuesday, while in Delaware it’s this coming Saturday.