Girl Up organizes voter registration drive to increase election turnout

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Despite challenges with outreach, Girl Up’s voter registration drive encourages people to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Louis Auxenfans, Reporter

To encourage voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election, Girl Up has organized an online voter registration drive that started the week of Sept. 13.

The drive directs people to the website When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization launched by Michelle Obama, where anyone of voting age can register to vote.

It takes longer to take a BuzzFeed quiz than to sign up to vote. I think that really shows how easy it is to vote.”

— Sabrina Chow

Sabrina Chow, president of Girl Up, said that she was surprised by how easy it is to register to vote.

“It takes longer to take a BuzzFeed quiz than to sign up to vote. I think that really shows how easy it is to vote,” Sabrina said. 

However, Sabrina noted that reaching out to people online has been challenging with distance learning.

In previous years, the club has set up booths encouraging people to vote, but with the pandemic, the club is moving to a grassroots approach, which encourages local support for a movement. Sabrina encouraged her parents and their friends to register to vote and has found some success. 

While online voter registration has closed in Illinois and Indiana, it is still possible for people to register to vote in person.