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Rock the Vote ‘Road Trip’ Arrives at Belmont Saturday

Melinda Doolittle to Perform in Afternoon Concert
rtvBus.jpgRock the Vote, the leading organization for youth and politics, will come to Belmont’s campus this Saturday afternoon for the kick-off concert of a three-week “Road Trip” designed to fully maximize voter registration, education and engagement efforts in key youth markets. The concert, which will occur from 2-4 p.m. on the South Lawn, will feature performances by Belmont alumna and “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle along with two Nashville-based bands.
Already, it’s a historic year for Rock the Vote. More than 1.4 million people have registered to vote through www.rockthevote.com, making this the largest youth voter registration drive in history. The Road Trip ’08 is a state-of-the-art mobile road show designed to reach out to the nation’s youth via high profile events on college campuses. The Road Trip ’08 tour bus has been outfitted with computer kiosks that will assist in voter registration and educate users about the election process. These kiosks will also field requests for absentee ballots, teach users about key issues, inform users about voting poll locations and much more.
“The Road Trip ’08 will take our work to the streets, reaching out to young people in America’s small cities and towns bringing together musicians, politicians and celebrities with the goal of educating and registering new voters and fueling record turn out in November,” said Heather Smith, Rock the Vote’s executive director.

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