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Saturday, May 08, 2021

UF students had a chance to register to vote in their bathing suits Saturday and Sunday.

Chomp the Vote, a Student Government program designed to increase student turnout at all elections, held a social at the Campus Lodge and Campus Club pools from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

John Carreras, Chomp the Vote's director of off-campus activities, said 20 to 30 people registered to vote through the organization on Saturday and 15 to 20 registered on Sunday.

About ,125 of the organization's budget was spent on the socials. Chomp the Vote plans to host similar socials this semester before the weather cools down.

Sitting by a table decorated in red and blue balloons, Carreras said he isn't fixated on the number of students who registered this weekend.

Registered student voters will benefit by having a more unified voice, he said.

"No matter how many you get, it's successful," Carreras said. "It's people registering to vote who wouldn't have otherwise."

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