Tarleton students weigh in on the importance of voting

By: Blair Phillips

Multimedia Journalist

National Voter Registration Day will be Sept. 22, 2020. Tarleton State University students are encouraged to participate by making sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming election in November.

The 18-24 age demographic will be the largest share of eligible voters in 2020, but because of a lack of participating voters, rates have not been the largest share of the electorate in previous elections this year.

Sophomore animal science major Trey Butler is registered to vote in his hometown and plans to vote in the upcoming election.

Sophomore Trey Butler.
Photo by Sierra Dyson

“The freedom to vote means a lot to me,” Butler said. “Some of my closest friends have decided to put their lives on the line for this country by enlisting in the military. By Americans practicing their right to vote, it means that any sacrifices made by these young men and women will not be in vain.”

Because of the ongoing pandemic, new voter registration numbers are down 24% compared to 2016 statistics say.  

“It is important that college students vote because if we start now, we can be the change that our country needs,” Butler said.

Maddie McMillan, a senior public relations and event management major, also plans on voting back in her hometown of Seguin, Texas, where she is already registered to vote.

Senior Maddie McMillan
Photo courtesy of Facebook

“What freedom to vote for who I want means to me is that this country sees me as someone who can make their own decisions and they respect my vote,” McMillan said. “College students need to understand the value of their voice and what a difference it can make in any election, whether it be for the country, state or locally.”

All Tarleton students are encouraged to check on their registration status to ensure they have the opportunity to make their voice heard. The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020 elections is Oct. 5, 2020.

“We all have a voice,” Butler said. “If you choose not to vote, you choose to be muted.”

There will be a table in the Thompson Student Center on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for students to register to vote or to ask any questions regarding this year’s election. For more information and resources, visit https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

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