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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Macky Pesch’s eyes wandered up and down the Santa Fe College breezeway as he stepped up to the patriotic table. Although unsure of what he was signing at the time, he turned in his slip, put the pen down and grabbed a Tootsie Roll.

"The first thing I’m gonna do is call my dad and tell him now I’m registered to vote," the 19-year-old Santa Fe sophomore said.

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, Santa Fe’s Office of Civic Engagement and Service partnered with the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections to host a voter-registration station on campus for everyone 18 years or older.

"We’re here to provide opportunities for people to vote," said Kim Barton, the elections outreach director for Alachua County Supervisor of Elections.

This is the third year the Supervisor of Elections Office has partnered with Santa Fe, Barton said. She said the number of participants increased from 39 in 2014 to more than 70 this year.

Avery Bilodeau said he feels it’s his civic duty to register.

"My brother is in the Air Force and protects our right to vote, so it’s important to me," the 18-year-old Santa Fe business administration freshman said.

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