CPP prepares for 2020 election

The 2020 presidential election is quickly approaching and all eligible voters within the Cal Poly
Pomona community are urged by faculty and fellow Broncos to remain informed on upcoming propositions included in the November ballot.

In order to minimize uncertainty on campus during this election season, CPP is offering several resources for voters to become informed on propositions and candidates.

The California Center for Ethics and Policy, in collaboration with ASI and philosophy professor Alex Madva, is hosting a virtual election fair on Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to explain each proposition and what a vote “yes” or “no” would mean for each. The event will be open to the public in order to reach as many people as possible.

Students gathered to hear information on voting for propositions in the 2018 Election Fair (Courtesy of Alex Madva)

Madva, who is also the director of the California Center for Ethics and Policy said, “We scheduled it in early October because the ballots get mailed to Californians on Monday of that week and we’re trying to get to people right away so that we can give them information as soon as possible.”

Madva said that some of the organizations that plan to be present at the event include the League of Women Voters and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. If anyone misses the election fair, the content will remain available to view on the CPP website.

Mario Guerrero, chair of the Political Science Department and associate professor of political science aid that he encourages young voters to double check that they are registered to vote and to listen to both sides of a proposition before making a decision. He noted that it is important to know the organizations and interest groups that support or oppose each proposition.

“Do research early but also be very clear on what a vote for a proposition means and what a vote against a proposition means,” Guerrero added.

The CPP Political Science Club is currently developing a voter guide for the campus community that will include information on each proposition along with the e-board’s opinion on each. Students can engage with the club through its Instagram account @calpolisci.

“Some ads can be a little bit dishonest in the way that they characterize issues in a way that’s not entirely accurate but serves a narrative that people would like to push,” said Thomas Swanson, a fourth year political science student and vice president of the CPP Political Science Club. “So, just be very critical about all of the information that you’re going to be swamped with this election season.”

To register to vote, visit http://registertovote.ca.gov/.

Event organizers for the Election Fair are looking for student volunteers. For more information
Alex Madva at ammadva@cpp.edu or stay up to date with the
California Center for Ethics and Policy website.

(Feature image by Eddie Rangel | The Poly Post)

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