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Alpha Phi Alpha makes voting easier
Members of the Iota Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha hosted a voting shuttle bus to help transport students to the nearest polling location on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012–Election Day.
The van ran consecutive loops from Blazer Hall to Ramsay High School and was free of charge.
“I was very proud to see how many people actually used the Iota Nu Voter’s Carpool on Election Day,” said Adrian Jones, USGA President and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. “The shuttle was convenient and allowed students and employees to ride at their leisure.”
Jones continued and said UAB’s chapter president, De’ Mon Johnson, tried to instill three main goals throughout the course of the election: help people become registered to vote, educate them on each candidate and encourage them to actually get out there and vote.
“It was very fun,” said Kristopher Peek, Vice President of the chapter. “Once everything was set up and got rolling, we were able to meet plenty of people while waiting on the next ride or waiting for everyone to get back on the van to come back to campus.”
Roughly 160 people used this service, and the van was driven by both Johnson and Peek, according to the Vice President.
“Riders didn’t have to use their gas, go through the hassle of finding the voting site, or worry about losing their beloved parking space on campus,” said Jones.
Participating fraternity members in the event made sure to keep it as unbiased as possible, stressing that the goal was to simply get students to participate in the election, regardless of whom their candidate of choice was.
“One of our national programs is ‘A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,’” said Peek. “We didn’t care who you voted for – just wanted you to vote.”