Ryan Chartrand

A national campaign to educate students and community members about the presidential election is coming to Cal Poly in the form of a 45-foot tour bus.

C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House” bus will be on Mott Lawn today from noon to 2 p.m. to give students the opportunity to interact with key representatives from both parties after taking a 15-minute tour through the multimedia vehicle, which will be running educational videos about the election.

“I really just hope that students will be able to become a little more educated about the political process,” Associated Students Inc. program coordinator Michelle Curro said.

“I think it’s so important these days for students to voice their opinions and really start to learn about the political process.”

The bus, which has been making its way through every state that’s held a caucus, is collaborative effort between ASI, C-SPAN and Charter Communications.

“We hope that students learn more about the individual candidates, more about how the primary process works and the importance of voter registration,” said Scott Erickson, marketing coordinator for Charter Communications in San Luis Obispo.

According to Erickson, representatives from the Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and McCain campaigns will most likely attend. Erickson is hopeful that the Mitt Romney, Edwards and other campaigns will attend.

“We’ve reached out to almost everyone we can,” Erickson said, explaining that representatives from the County Democratic Committee, the County Republic Committee, Cal Poly Voter Registration Committee and ASI will also be present.

After leaving the Mott Gym, the bus will park near City Hall across from the library from 3 to 5 p.m. Erickson has invited the mayor as well as other local elects to attend. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the bus will be driven to Dave Congalton’s radio show (920 AM).

Admittance to the Mott Lawn event is free for students.

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