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By Brianna Patt | Web Editor

To raise student awareness about local midterm elections and register them to vote, the Student Government Association (SGA) and Leadership Engagement and Development (LEAD) will host a voter registration event in the Rayburn Student Center Atrium. Oct. 2 and 4 12-1 p.m.

“There’s two ends of the spectrum,” Grace Slayter, SGA historian and senator, said. “There’s some that are into it [politics] and some that aren’t into it at all because they feel like it’s safe that way.”

This event will include a table with deputy voter registrars, who will help students to vote, along with a computer set up so that students who are unsure of their registration status can find out if they are registered or not.

It will also feature a fake voting booth with ballots set up with different incendiary topics like immigration or climate change, and then participants will go through with a fake voting process.

There will be two stands set up for the College Democrats and College Republicans, who will have information about the candidates of these parties running in our district.

Applications for absentee voters to vote in their home county will also be provided.

“I really wanted to get people to vote and registered to vote,” Slayter said. “Not to influence or sway them, but I want them to be registered and make a decision.”

Slayer was inspired to be apart of this event after interning during the summer for Kendall Scudder, a Texas Senate candidate for District 2. She was excited about him as a candidate because she felt that his opponent Bob Hall had a poor impact on this school as well as the state.

She feels that the topic of politics was something that college students tend to avoid because of how polarized things have been since the presidential election. To her, this is an important time to get involved in elections and politics.

“I think it’s definitely something that people tend to avoid,” Slayter said. “But I think it’s very important to just make people aware.”

She believes that as college students, the votes they put in for this county can make substantial changes. For instance, according to Slayer, Commerce is considered more of a retirement community, and this results in few things for students. To Slayer, voting could change this.

“If we want a say in what the government does,” Slayter said.  “With climate change, abortion, jobs, education, we have to vote now to make a difference.”

 

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