Temple City Voice Launches Voter Registration Drive

The Temple City Voice hosted a Voter Registration Drive in front of Ralph’s market on Saturday, January 19, 2008. It hoped to encourage those who had not registered to vote to do so.

Matthew Wong, founder of the Temple City Voice, believes the registration drive was successful, explaining “[We need to] reach out to those who haven’t voted before [to] start engaging in the community.”

Margaret Thi, Editor-In-Chief, agreed “Even though we didn’t get that many people on Saturday, many people came up and talked to us about the elections.”

The goal of the Temple City Voice is to encourage community participation and to be active and involved in the community and our democratic government, Wong adds.

“Because we live in a democratic society, it is important for all voices to be heard. If someone is eligible to vote and does not register, than his or her opinion does not count” described Wong. “It’s important to get involved-we need people to voice their opinions…[The Voice seeks to] encourage high school students to be active and involved to learn and care about their community.”

The California presidential primary will be held on February 5, 2008. Independents or Decline to State voters may vote in the Democratic primary; however, only Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.

Besides voting for presidential candidates, voters will also choose among seven propositions or state measures on the ballot.

Proposition 91 involves transportation funds, while Proposition 92 asks voters to approve separate funding for community colleges. Proposition 93 asks voters to relax term limits for state legislators.

The remaining four propositions, 94-97, are referenda on the Indian Gaming agreements. These agreements were championed by Governor Schwarzenegger, but challenged by voters.

The last day to have registered for the primary election was on Tuesday, January 22, 2008.

This article was written by Connie Lu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on January 23, 2008.

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