Trinity College: TrinVotes! Initiative Encourages Trinity Community to Register and Vote

Led by a group of Trinity College students, staff, and faculty members, a new initiative called TrinVotes! is designed to increase the college’s voter registration and election participation, especially among students who are first-time voters.

A letter to the community in February from Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney and Trinna Larsen ’20, president of Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA), announced the establishment of TrinVotes! “No matter who we are or which side of the aisle we fall on, as citizens in a democracy, voting is our singular privilege and responsibility,” Berger-Sweeney and Larsen wrote in their letter. “In the lead-up to the election in November, TrinVotes! will sponsor a number of events and efforts to encourage as many of us as possible to make our voices heard at the ballot box.”

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Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill with Trinity students during ConnPIRG’s Voter Registration Day event on the Gates Quad in September 2019.


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