The Student Government Association will be holding a voter registration drive from Aug.22 to Oct.10, to recruit eligible student voters to take part in local, regional, and presidential elections.
Along with the SGA, community partners such as LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), Battleground Texas, and the League of Women Voters will be assisting in student voter registration.
Although it is a presidential election year, the current focus will be on the local town hall meetings, of which there will be five scheduled in the near future.
Student Government President, Cristal Tucker, explains that the main objective of the drive is to inform, educate, and register students to activily participate in local politics.
“The most under-represented [demographic] is between the ages of 18-35, and most of that lies here at EPCC.
So our goal is to help bring awareness, not only to register to vote, but also for the issues that are out there and the power that we have to vote on the initiatives that are happening, so that way we can have more of a voice.”
Some of the local elections focused on by the SGA are the county sherriff’s campaign, district 16 (Congressman), district 23 (Mission Campus), and the railroad commission.
More information can be found at SGA booths set up around rhe various campuses, along with voter registration forms, and class vouchers that will be given to those students seeking extra credit for their time and participation with the SGA.
At the booth, students will be asked certain eligibility questions to confirm that they are legally allowed to vote.
In addition to the information offered, campus debates will be held in the later part September until the end of October, offering students an in-depth look at the candidates and their differing opinions and policies.
Although the focus is on student participation, others in the community are welcome to attend and complete a voter registration form if they have not already done so.
The SGA has conducted voter registration drives in the years prior, and are responsible for registering about 100 students per day.
The organizations partnering with the SGA bring in even more potential voters, which has resulted in an increase of eligible citizens expressing their right to vote.
Administrative Office Assistant and former president of the SGA, Darcy Traffansted, commented about the importance of recruiting students and educating them on the ever-changing political policies that govern our daily lives.
She states that political vocabulary is critical to understanding even the most-subtle differences with policies and parties.
When asked about her personal opinion on the voter registration drive, current SGA President Christal Tucker replies, “Just know that your voice matters and in order to have your voice heard, you need to be registered to vote.”