Secretary of State adds her support to student voter-registration drive

Secretary of State Debra Bowen appears in Quarry Plaza Tuesday. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

California's chief elections officer Secretary of State Debra Bowen visited campus Tuesday to add her support for a student voter-registration drive.

"Your voice gets bigger as your numbers get bigger," Bowen told students gathered in Quarry Plaza.

Bowen spoke with students who are competing in the Ultimate College Bowl in which the nation's four largest nonpartisan voter registration groups--Declare Yourself, HeadCount, Student Public Interest Research Groups, and Rock the Vote--have teamed up to register young voters using and incentives.

Victor Sanchez, vice president of the Student Union Assembly, which sponsored Bowen's appearance, said UCSC is near the top of universities around the county in getting new registrations

Scholarships will be awarded to students who register the most voters and the top school will get a free Death Cab for Cutie concert. Nearly 2,000 UCSC students have been registered in the past few weeks, Sanchez said. UCSC's goal is 3,500.