Question #3: A good reason to register to vote

A voter registration drive will be held at Rhode Island College on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in Donovan Dining Center to encourage students to register in time for the Nov. 6 election.

In addition to the presidential election, on November 6, Rhode Island voters will be asked to support a $50 million referendum (Question 3). Approval of the question will allow the college to renovate and modernize its two largest general education buildings on campus, Gaige Hall and Craig-Lee ($44 million), and renovate, upgrade and expand a small portion of the Fogarty Life Science building devoted to nursing and the growing allied health programs ($6 million).

It is the students who will benefit most from this project, said RIC President Nancy Carriuolo. “Nearly every one of our students have classes in either Craig-Lee or Gaige Hall, and both of these buildings are woefully inefficient and in a state of disrepair. Passage of the bond issue will allow us to upgrade our classrooms and learning environment relative to improved technology and teaching space.”

The benefit of this project also extends beyond RIC to an investment in the state, as RIC graduates stay in Rhode Island and become the state’s teachers, social workers, nurses, artists, government leaders and business people.

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is expected to attend the registration drive as part of his “Voters in the Classroom” initiative.