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EVERY VOTE AND EMPHASIZING THE ENCOURAGING IMPORTANCE OF THEIR VOTE BY DANA SWANSON, CPHT, MBA COUNTS Students need to learn about their civic duty and how their votes may impact both their livelihood and future. should not handle a students’ completed registration forms. It’s easy for people to think their vote won’t make a difference. However, when elections are won or lost by a small margin, it becomes clear that every vote counts. As we have seen, the views of an elected official can have a significant impact on our industry and the livelihood of our students. Be sure your students understand how important it is for them to understand the issues and how it could impact their future and the future of others after them. Dana Swanson, CPhT, MBA, is p art of the AACS Government Relations Team. P eople often overlook or fail to understand that voting is an important privilege for U.S. citizens. Voting is not an inherent right; there are still certain criteria that must be met. Students need to learn about their civic duty and how their votes may impact both their livelihood and future. How can beauty schools emphasize the importance of voting to their students? One way is to invite outside speakers to address students on campus. Schools can contact their county elections office to request a non-partisan speaker on the subject of voting. For example in Volusia County, Fla., a person can search for “Volusia County Election Office” to locate the official website. They will also offer registration to students who meet voting criteria. If an on-campus presentation cannot be coordinated, schools may look for downloadable online resources that can be printed and posted on campus bulletin boards. Schools may also call their local election office to request voter materials. Schools must remain vigilant and cautious about information distributed to or accepted from students. Campuses need to remain neutral. Exercise caution when it comes to voter registration groups. For example, in Florida, a voter registration drive group must be registered with the state as a Third Party Voter Registration Organization. Aligning with an unregistered voting organization could result in an organization incurring problems and fi nes. It is important that schools check with their local Supervisor of Elections on what activities can be conducted at the campus level. When encouraging voter registration, schools should request that a representative from the local Supervisor of Elections office speak and collect registration forms themselves. A school Helpful Language from Section 487 Program Participation of HEA • (23)(A) The institution, if located in a State to which section 4(b) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 1973gg–2(b)) does not apply, will make a good faith effort to distribute a mail voter registration form, requested and received from the State, to each student enrolled in a degree or certificate program and physically in attendance at the institution, and to make such forms widely available to students at the institution. • (B) The institution shall request the forms from the State 120 days prior to the deadline for registering to vote within the State. If an institution has not received a sufficient quantity of forms to fulfill this section from the State within 60 days prior to the deadline for registering to vote in the State, the institution shall not be held liable for not meeting the requirements of this section during that election year. • (C) This paragraph shall apply to general and special elections for Federal office, as defined in section 301(3) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431(3)), and to the elections for Governor or other chief executive within such State). • (D) The institution shall be considered in compliance with the requirements of subparagraph (A) for each student to whom the institution electronically transmits a message containing a voter registration form acceptable for use in the State in which the institution is located, or an Internet address where such a form can be downloaded, if such information is in an electronic message devoted exclusively to voter registration. BE AUT YLIN K | S URVIV A L | 20 1 2 | 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3

Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings Of Washington
Network, Innovate, Grow: AACS Annual Convention & Expo 2012
Attending a Convention: 10 Tips for Success
Superstar Graduates
A Teacher’s Safari: Managing the Zoo of Personalities
Sticking it Out: 10 Threats That Keep Students from Surviving and Thriving in the Real World
Step-by-Step NEW!
Data Disaster: Protecting Sensitive and Important Records
Mixing Generations in the Classroom: Can They Coexist?
Beauty Changes Lives
Every Vote Counts: Encouraging and Emphasizing the Importance of their Vote
Hip-Hop Haircuts: Curtis Smith Sets Trends
AACS Listserve Q & A
Now We’re Talking: An Education in Communication
Multicultural Corner
Health & Wellness for Educators: Tips for Being Healthy
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
And Then There’s Compliance
Remembering Two Beauty Legends
Beauty Before Boarding: Airport Salons Take Flight
Voices From the Classroom
CEA Annual Convention Photo Spread
Quiz Time: How Well Do You Know Your Association?
Associate Member Profiles: Makeup/Cosmetics
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012-2013 Events
Index to Advertisers

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