If you ask most people about the first time they voted, they’ll probably have vivid memories about it. They can tell you how they felt when they walked into the voting booth, who the candidates were and who they voted for. They also can recall the many emotions they experienced when they completed the process. If you aren’t a registered voter, isn’t it time to take part in this cherished right and privilege we Americans have?
If you’re not registered, our colleges are making it easy for you to. Our student government associations (SGA) across the state are sponsoring voter registration drives. They’ve put up posters on campus, are doing special events and setting up information tables to get the word out about how to register and helping people register online.
We’ve been fortunate to have Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes visit several of our campuses to promote voter registration as well. We appreciate her taking time to come to our campuses, meet with our students and explain the importance of voting.
As of September 29, 225 people have registered to vote during the SGA voter registration drive. But time is running out to register to vote in the November 8 general election. Voter registration applications have to be submitted by 4 p.m. October 11.
So, if you’re not registered to vote, now’s the time. Register at one of our colleges or online and become part of a powerful group of that will choose America’s next leaders.