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KSU warns of unauthorized voter registration activities

KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State University is warning students about unauthorized voter registration activities.

The university is working to safeguard the campus against people who don't have permission to be there. They say they noticed a trend with voter registration that raises suspicion.

In the past few weeks Kennesaw State University's Marietta and Kennesaw campuses have seen an increase in the number of unwelcomed visitors with clipboards claiming they were registering students to vote.

The dean of students says beware.

"I think it's very, very, very true that they could be targeting a certain population," student Michael Gitonga told Channel 2’s Carl Willis.

That's exactly what KSU officials say has happened in a campus alert sent out on Tuesday. However, they wouldn't identify which groups are being targeted.

"You don't know who you can and who you can't trust," student Kamsy Osy-Odife said.

The dean said in the past, students have complained about getting to the polls on Election Day and not being able to vote because they were never properly registered.


"It is a little underhanded if that is the case," said student John Ehrhard.

"I feel that they would take advantage of the younger voters," KSU alumna Danielle Lawson told Willis.

School officials say there are only two university sanctioned voter registration drives and those will happen Sept. 21 and 27. And those will push online registration.%



They're urging students to report any other voter registration activities.

"I had someone with a clipboard tell me to register to vote but he wasn't registering there," Ehrhard said.

But if you have filled out a form from one of those folks with a clipboard you may need to complete a new registration online to make sure your vote will count.

"Especially with the candidates that we have, I want to make sure my vote is going to the right place and not anywhere else," Gitonga said.

Some students are also concerned that their identity could be stolen.

A university representative said students should be aware even though they have not confirmed any particular agenda by those collecting information on campus.