Actress Eva Longoria visits UCF to promote voting

Photo by Isabelle D'Antonio. Actress Eva Longoria poses with a UCF student outside the Student Union on Oct. 10. Longoria visited the campus to encourage students to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article listed the wrong major for Devi Mody. It has since been corrected.

Eager UCF students, some holding “Students for H” signs, lined up outside the Student Union Friday in anticipation of a meet and greet with actress Eva Longoria, 41.

At 10:30 a.m., Longoria emerged from behind the Union, waving to the students excitedly.

Longoria visited the UCF campus to encourage students to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton. The event was hosted by the Clinton campaign and UCF College Democrats.

Longoria pumped up the crowd by asking if everybody was registered to vote and Snapchatting with students. Students signed pledge to vote cards for Clinton and then met Longoria.

Cariana Ray, 19, a sophomore psychology major, found out about the event on Facebook.

“It’s really cool that they had her come out to bring awareness to people to vote, because I think there are a lot of people that haven’t voted or aren’t aware that it’s coming up really quickly,” she said. “It’s nice to see celebrities actually getting involved in community work and being so kind to people.”

The UCF College Democrats have been preparing for the election by holding voter registration drives and other events. Devi Mody, vice president of the club, helped organize the event after the Clinton campaign reached out.

“This event is mostly to engage the college vote because as we all know, college students are one of the least likely parts of the population to vote in any election. Luckily the voter registration deadline got extended to next week because of Hurricane Matthew,” Mody, 20, a junior film and criminal justice major, said. “People love to be in pictures with high profile celebrities, so this was a great way to advocate people to vote. Even if you’re not voting for Hillary, I don’t care, I just want you to vote. That’s the most important thing.”

The deadline to register to vote in Florida has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Longoria emphasized the importance of the Florida vote in the presidential election.

“It’s important for everybody to obviously vote, but everybody’s watching Florida,” she said. “Florida’s one of the most contested states in our nation.”

Longoria also stressed the significance that young people have in voting in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.

“I think they’re the ones who have the most at stake,” Longoria said. “The next president will appoint two or three or maybe even four Supreme Court justices, so sometimes younger people go, ‘I’m going to sit this one out, I don’t really care,’ but you can’t because this next president will have an effect on your life for the next four years. It’s really important since the stakes are so high that everybody goes out and votes.”