Jesse Jackson watches debate at UM, urges students to vote

October 14, 1992|By Edward L. Heard Jr. | Edward L. Heard Jr.,Special to The Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson urged University of Maryland students last night to use their voting rights on Nov. 3 and turn out in large numbers at the polls.

At 7 p.m., Mr. Jackson sat down with about 300 students in the student union to watch the vice presidential debate. Most of the crowd roared with Democratic support, although a few jeers from Republican supporters wedged the enthusiasm. Afterward, Mr. Jackson, a statehood senator for the District of Columbia, discussed the debate with students.

He advised students to focus on key issues, like jobs and education.

"The destiny of our country is in the balance," he said.

As part of the Democratic National Committee and National Rainbow Coalition joint voter project, Mr. Jackson is traveling across the nation asking people to register.

The 1988 Democratic presidential runner-up said he registered more citizens than any other Democrat.

That year, 1,747,350 of the 2,310,080 registered voters in Maryland cast ballots, according to the state Board of Elections. Forty-eight percent of the college students in America voted in the 1988 election, according to Vote for Change, a partisan voter registration group.

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