Fall 2012 GW Students Ensure Homeless Doesn't Mean Voteless

GW Students Register Homeless Voters
October 01, 2012

In an election season that's been noted for the initiatives to restrict voter registration, George Washington University students sought opportunities to educate and enfranchise an often overlooked group. Homeless individuals vote at the lowest rate in the country. Many people don't realize that homeless individuals can register to vote using the address of a shelter, park or street corner as their residence.

That information spurred graduate students and alumni of GW's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration to partner with the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) in educating and registering voters during its National Homeless and Low-Income Voter Registration Week. The group registered 132 new voters and provided information on voting locations and procedures to another 100 to 200 voters.

These student efforts were noticed by people visiting the library as well as readers of Street Sense, the D.C. area street newspaper that is by, about and for homeless people. The Oct. 10-23 issue of the paper features a story, "Groups Rally to Improve Low-Income Turnout Rate," with pictures and quotes from George Washington students involved in the voter registration effort.

Read more about the student experiences in GW Today.