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Coppin State Works To Rock The Vote

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Campaign 2012 comes to Coppin State. The Baltimore university is rocking the vote.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on the push to get students to register.

“I just never had the time to get around to it. This makes it easy,” said Damien Miles.

Damien Miles had no excuse. Coppin State University saw dozens of students become registered voters Tuesday at one of many efforts to make a serious matter fun.

“If all students get together, register, the overall impact could just be phenomenal,” said Esther McClain.

“It’s laying the foundation for the future,” said Jessica Goodman.

And it’s counteracting a disturbing Board of Elections estimate that out of 610,000 Baltimore residents, 48 percent are not registered to vote. Baltimore City primary turnout was 12 percent this year.

Congressman Elijah Cummings expects better in November.

“It may be a little bit slow but I think we’ve got a lot of momentum going and I think people are going to come out,” Cummings said.

The deadline to register for the presidential election is Oct. 16.

Rock the Vote is a national voter education organization for young people.

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