The summer cohort of the Summer 2020 Multimedia Capstone offered through Portland State University has traditionally been a dynamic, face-to-face interactive course. However, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were tasked with cultivating that sense of community in an online setting and operating under incredibly special circumstances. Students of this term have overcome a host of economic barriers, social tension, and isolation resulting from COVID-19 and political protests centered in the city of Portland, Oregon. In light of this, we managed to collectively come together, to collaborate and create a platform centered around voting rights and inequality. All whilst, originating from diverse education, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
This Summer 2020 term, our instruction was to finalize a collaborative project highlighting the detriment that is voter suppression and the necessity of integrating voting into one's political practice. We've witnessed in the last eight weeks alone abuses of executive orders on a national level and the inaction of elected officials locally. The Action4Oregon website, which has been polished over several terms, exists as a tool to provoke the public into taking action. We wanted to streamline the registration process and provide perspectives that would reach people of diverse political backgrounds and education levels. We also wanted our interface to be artful, clean, and user-friendly.
Registering to vote is the first step, but it is also the easiest. Be the future. Vote!