Voter Registration Rally to be Part of SMU’s Constitution Day 2012

'Scene at the Signing of the Constitution' by Howard Chandler Christy

“Scene at the Signing of the Constitution” by Howard Chandler Christy

SMU will celebrate a day devoted to good citizenship with an event designed to help students exercise their voting rights.

A voter registration drive is the centerpiece of the University’s 2012 Constitution Day observance 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

The event is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, Central University LibrariesHughes-Trigg Student Center and Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

The League of Women Voters will provide the nonpartisan voter registration services. Other highlights will include refreshments and a U.S. Constitution trivia game, with prizes awarded for correct answers.

The U.S. Constitution defines the structure of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the federal government, as well as the duties, limitations of power and interaction of each with the others. The Constitution also defines the rights of individual citizens in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the document.

Constitution Day – also known as Citizenship Day – commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and recognizes all who are born in the United States or who have become naturalized citizens. The federal law establishing the observance was created in 2004.

> Visit the U.S. Constitution’s official homepage at the National Archives
> Find educational resources at the National Constitution Center homepage
> Learn more about the observance and its history at ConstitutionDay.com
> Read primary documents in American history at the Library of Congress website

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