Cedar Crest College to Register Voters, Host Debate for Constitution Day
Allentown, Pa. (Sept. 6, 2012)—National Constitution Day is Monday, September 17, and Cedar Crest College has a variety of activities planned that day to help students and the community prepare for their constitutional right to vote. All events will be held in the Tompkins College Center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Students and the public are welcome to register to vote, as representatives from the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women will be on hand during the entire event to register voters. The League of Women Voters will bring a voting booth to campus in order to demonstrate how quick and easy it is to cast a ballot on Election Day.
Beginning at 12 p.m., the campus will host a Constitution Day debate featuring local Republican and Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, and local Democrat and former Allentown Councilman Michael Schlossberg, who is running for election to the State House of Representatives. Cedar Crest College student Emily Baxter ’15 will moderate the debate, which will include such topics as health care, the economy, social issues including gay marriage, and more.
At 1 p.m., Tammy Bean, director of community service at Cedar Crest, will host a program titled, “How to Become an Active Citizen.” The program will address how U.S. citizens—and specifically women—can maximize their impact on the community by getting involved. The College stresses leadership in all facets of life as a central part of its mission.
These Constitution Day activities are part of a larger College initiative to make women as politically aware as possible during this critical election season. Cedar Crest will host another voter registration drive for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and transport students to the polls to vote in 30-minute intervals on Election Day on Nov. 6.
For those who might want a respite from the tension surrounding this election cycle, Cedar Crest College Performing Arts will perform an original play by Associate Professor Tim Brown called Pressing the Flesh, a humorous look at the world of politics and voting, from Sept. 27-30.
For information on Constitution Day events at Cedar Crest College, call 610-740-3762. For tickets or information on Pressing the Flesh, call 610-606-4608.