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Lone Star College seeks to help make voting easier

Lone Star College is making it easier to be engaged in the election process by partnering with Turbo Vote, which helps citizens register to vote and also sends reminders about upcoming elections.

“We are excited to offer this service to our students and community,” said Dr. John Theis, director, LSC Center for Civic Engagement. “This online tool will help eliminate some of the barriers to voting.”

Turbo Votes partners with colleges, universities and nonprofits to help engage voters. There is no cost to register and LSC students and staff can receive free absentee ballots. Other voters can also receive absentee ballots for a small fee.

“America is 138th in the world in voter turnout. Lone Star College wants to change that and get more people involved in the democratic process,” said Theis.

The LSC Center for Civic Engagement has teamed up with Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that believes voting “should fit the way we live.” Turbo Votes is one of its initiatives to make voting easier.

People already registered to vote are also encouraged to sign-up with Turbo Votes to receive notification of upcoming elections to be able to research the issues before they head to the polls.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.