News in Brief: Many Students Register to Vote

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UC Berkeley students registered to vote in unexpectedly high numbers for state elections in November, said representatives of Youth Vote, a statewide coalition of student groups.

"We have registered nearly 8,000 students in our own campaign, which doesn't include students who registered on their own," said Jimmy Bryant, ASUC external affairs vice president.

A rough estimate of UC Berkeley students registered to vote is expected to be released tonight.

Student volunteers manned registration tables at all major campus entrances and residence halls, dining commons and Greek houses twice a week over the past two weeks.

The ASUC also paid student groups 50 cents for each member who registered and co-sponsored a Rock the Vote concert with Youth Vote Thursday.

"We spent a lot (of money)," Bryant said, estimating the total cost by Youth Vote at $10,000. "It was worth it."

Registration numbers are particularly gratifying since this year's election is not a presidential election, said Mo Kashmiri, Graduate Assembly external affairs vice president.

Citywide, 63,872 voters are registered to vote in the upcoming elections, said Kathy Pellayo from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. In districts 7 and 8, where a large proportion of UC Berkeley students live, 17,390 residents are registered to vote.

Youth Vote also includes representatives from CalPIRG and Cal Democrats, among others.

Serene Fang


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