UCSD student-athletes launch initiative to inspire young adults to vote

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SAN DIEGO — With Election Day a little less than six weeks away, University of California San Diego student-athletes are launching an initiative to encourage all Tritons to vote.

“It’s the most important tool we have to effect change on issues that are important to us,” said Gabe Avillion, a member of the men’s volleyball team and president of Triton Athletes’ Council. 

UCSD has a total of 23 teams on campus with almost 600 athletes. The council’s goal is to have all UCSD student-athletes registered to vote by Election Day. 

“It’s very important. It’s a privilege. It’s a right. It’s something that gives us a say in who we elect and the policies that are put into place,” said Madison Baxter, a UCSD women’s basketball athlete and council member. 

The council also worked with the Athletics Department to ensure Election Day is a “quiet day” with no competitions or team practices in an effort to help facilitate students’ ability to vote.

“Since we are young adults, we make up such a large part of the voting population, that we think it’s important to get as many students involved as we can,” Baxter said.

The administration also helped the initiative by bringing two polling places to campus.

“We’re all about change and social justice and addressing racism in our society and voting is clearly one of the ways to do that,” UCSD Athletic Director Earl Edwards said. 

Click here to lean more about the UCSD voting initiative.

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