How Students Organized to Help Pass Prop 30
As dark fell on election night, UC’s Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza was packed with students watching election returns on a Jumbotron TV. But the event’s hosts weren’t just handing out cotton candy and T-shirts. They were still trying to get out the vote. Every half hour, the event's MC took the microphone and urged students to "call 5 friends, change their Facebook statuses, and leverage their networks" to push Prop 30 to passage.
"If (Prop 30) does not pass, UC tuition shoots up projected by 20 percent. And we don’t want that to happen, Bears,” a voice boomed over the soundsystem.
Besides supporting President Obama's re-election bid, the second-most-mentioned issue by students on the plaza was Prop 30.
"There's a lot of people trying to gain support for Prop 30 just so we can reinvest in public education," said sophmore Senayha Singh.
“I have a lot of friends who are international students, and a 20 percent tuition hike would really be detrimental for any of them, and even for my family," Singh added.
By 7:30, when news came down that hundreds of students were still lined up to vote at several polling stations, volunteers teamed up to bring candy and soda as encouragement to stay in line.
At the Unit 3 building, the last person allowed to get in line before 8 pm was freshman Jason Wang, who said his voting priorities were "Proposition 30 and funding from taxes.”