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Walk to Vote Sees Great Turnout

By: Mary Ann Cozza and Claire Caton

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) hosted a "Walk to Vote" rally to encourage students and community members to vote in the 2012 U.S. presidential election on Thursday, Nov. 1.

SGA organized the event in response to low student voter turn-out across the nation. In an effort to educate and empower students to vote, UHD student organizations launched a contest in August to register students to vote. Since the beginning of the fall semester, approximately 1,500 UHD students have registered and are eligible to vote in the November election.

At the rally, students, faculty and staff were treated to words of excitement and encouragement from Houston Mayor Annise Parker and UHD President Flores. Following the remarks, approximately 150 of the 300 students attending the rally walked to 1001 Preston St. to cast their votes.

KPRC-TV (Channel 2), KHOU-TV (Channel 11), KIAH-TV (Channel 39), KXLN-TV (Channel 45-Univision) and KHLM-TV (Channel 43), as well as Que Onda Magazine, Latino Sol and La Prensa, came to campus to film the rally and interview students.

Check out the pictures below.

Rally attendees walking to vote at 1001 Preston St.

President Flores

Mayor Annise Parker rallies the crowd.