A Celebration of Voting

On October 27, 2018 at the Urban League, we held our “Celebtration of Voting” event in an effort to both inspire and promote voting in the upcoming November 6th election. We had a great turnout. Among those that attended were past and present Odyssey students, Odyssey supporters, and others from the community. Attendees enjoyed hearing Odyssey students read their “Why Vote” essays, heard Jean Feraca share examples of elections won by just one vote, received information from Erin Grunze and Kathy Fullin of the League of Women Voters, and were given the opportunity to both register to vote and submit their official votes next door at the Goodman South Madison Library. Door prizes included free books and gas cards to drive others to the polls. We hope that those who attended were able to spread the word that every vote does count! Below are photos from the event.

We thank our co-sponsors: the League of Women Voters – Wisconsin, League of Women Voters – Dane County, Division of Continuing Studies, The Cap Times, and the Urban League.

Lastly, be sure to check out the Cap Times article to read excerpts from essays that both current and former Odyssey students wrote in an effort to convince non-voters to vote! Below are two video clips of the first and second prize winners reading their essays.

Why Vote? Voices from the UW Odyssey Project

First Place Winner, J. Luis Peréz-Olguín:

See Luis’s video

Second Place Winner, Joyce Johnson:

See Joyce’s video