American Democracy Project to hold 'Be Heard! Vote March'

The Center for Civic Leadership and the American Democracy Project at Fort Hays State University will sponsor a "Be Heard! Vote March" at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. Participants will meet in the quad on the Fort Hays State University campus and walk to the polling site at Sixth and Main Street to vote.

"The purpose of this march is to foster civic engagement and participation in democracy among FHSU students, faculty and staff," said Tomi Dechant, Hays junior and project coordinator. "We aim to encourage citizens to pay attention to the issues that affect them and to voice their opinions through voting."

The event encourages students, faculty and staff of FHSU, who have registered to vote in the area of town near the university, to walk together to the polling site to show the power of numbers and influence others to use their voting rights.

"Be Heard!," an ADP program started in 2004, has a mission to register, educate and mobilize at least 400 FHSU students. Its goal is to increase voting among students by providing ample educational resources and transportation to the polling sites.

The ADP has also arranged two vans to deliver passengers to other Hays polls. One van will load passengers in front of McMindes Hall and the other in front of Rarick Hall. They are available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants are also invited to attend the Be Heard! House Party at 8 p.m. in the basement of the Brass Rail, 114 E. 11th St.

For more information, contact Dechant at (785) 432-1960 or

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