Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Olivia Lowenberg '15, co-president of HWSVotes!, is interning this summer with TurboVote, the organization the Colleges partnered with last fall to help register students to vote in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
TurboVote is a service provided by Democracy Works, Inc. that strives to make the voter-registration process simpler and more easily accessible in order to increase voter turnout and civic awareness. TurboVote is for all Americans. It is nonpartisan and nonprofit.
The process for signing up is simple. One can register either online or through an app through a Smartphone. The organization tracks the rules and deadlines for each state and sends forms and alerts voters, so the individual only needs to sign a registration form and drop it into the mail.
Last fall when the Colleges partnered with TurboVote, Lowenberg helped lead the initiative. She assisted students registering through TurboVote and worked to increase awareness about the issues at stake in the election. The Colleges exceeded their goal and registered more than 35 percent of students to receive assistance through TurboVote.
Lowenberg, an American studies major and political science and English dual minor, is working at TurboVote's Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters. As an intern, she reaches out to new organizations, networks, communities and individuals who could benefit from making TurboVote available to their members, especially colleges and universities.
"I love what I am doing and enjoy being a part of this exciting, vibrant community," she says.
On campus, Lowenberg is also a Campus Peer Minister and house manager for the Stewardson House.