Phi Omicron Zeta & Local School House Rocks with Voter Registration Drive
“Rock the Vote” and other famous School House Rock commercials from the past encouraged those of its generation of the importance of Voting, and the Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter, located in Covington/Conyers, Georgia, continued in that vein of getting the word out about the importance of voting. We submitted a proposal and obtained approval to host a voter registration drive at Newton High School, which occurred on Friday, September 19th, 2012. (Phi Omicron Zeta has experienced an awesome relationship since adopting Newton High School in early 2012). The goal of this proposal was not only to register students to vote, but also to educate them on the importance of voting and having their voices heard. We created posters and advertisements and posted them throughout the school as well as placed them in Teachers’ mailboxes prior to the event. Also, we visited and met with Officials at our local Office of Elections to obtain the proper forms and to ensure we registered students properly, and returned the forms by the required deadline. We were able to educate both students and adults working at the school on the importance of voting in the November 2012 election as well as on the proper age to qualify to register. We set up a table in the cafeteria and held the voter registration drive during the school’s lunch periods, and door prizes were given to several students who completed their voter registration forms on-site. We also walked through the cafeteria during their lunch periods and asked students if they would like to register to vote. Also, some students were given forms to take home to their parents. All students and adult employees who registered to vote received an “I Voted” sticker that they wore during the school hours that day. Other students who saw the stickers were also compelled to visit our table to register to vote. The voter registration drive overall was a huge success, and we were able to register 68 young adults in one of their first rites of passage: Registering to Vote.