Dr. Mary A. Papazian
Today is “Super Tuesday.”
That is the name political pundits have given, of course, to the day when Californians and voters from 15 other states go to the polls to participate in the Presidential Primary Election. There are many other important local and regional races and issues for which we are casting ballots, too.
At San Jose State, this has been an exciting and important period for our democracy.
Our Associated Students recently observed “SJSU Democracy Week” and staged a number of campus activities meant to bring visibility to the upcoming elections. Our SJSU Votes! voter registration and mobilization project has been highly active and doing its part to encourage fellow students to vote.
In addition, we hosted a Town Hall discussion about Election Security at the Hammer Theatre, an event that featured a number of distinguished and prominent elected officials who all have a keen and active interest in voting issues. It was a provocative and informative discussion that, not surprisingly, was well-attended and highly engaging. I am grateful for Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Secretary of State Alex Padilla for joining us and taking part.
Later this spring, we will take part in the 2020 California Census, which, among other things, helps determine the state’s federal funding for important community services.
But perhaps our most tangible milestone was the ribbon-cutting and official opening of the new SJSU Voting Center, located in King Library. This new facility means a great deal to San Jose State and to our students.