UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The first collegiate chapter of the national League of Women Voters will be coming to Penn State, thanks to first-year student Sarabeth Bowmaster. The political science and women’s studies major will serve as president of the organization. Bowmaster, a Paterno Fellow, is passionate about getting students to vote, and she credits her majors with influencing her decision to start the new chapter at Penn State.
“The political science major has allowed me to learn more about the logistics and importance of voting,” said Bowmaster. “My women’s studies major has given me historical context to the importance of encouraging everyone to vote and the impact that marginalized people can make with their votes.”
Bowmaster said she believes that voting is important for students because this generation will be affected the most by incoming politicians and policy changes.
Despite its name, the League of Women Voters is open to everyone, regardless of gender. The overarching goal of the organization is to increase the voting percentage from 36 percent in 2019 to 50 percent in 2020 by giving students factual, unbiased information about election candidates to aid their informed decisions.
Bowmaster said, “We hope to raise the campus voting percentage by instructing students on how to register and how to find their polling location, giving them non-partisan information guides, reminding students of the importance of their vote and when to vote, and more.”
To ensure that information provided is accurate and non-partisan, Penn State’s League of Women Voters will collaborate with the local, state and national chapters.