By Kelsey Baker
From Oct.1-9, the Office of Student Activities ran a concourse table dedicated to informing Southwestern students about voter registration and upcoming elections. Students were also given the opportunity to register to vote or provided with absentee ballots to vote in their home county.
“The purpose for the table itself is twofold,” Jason Chapman, Assistant Director of Student Activities, said. “We want to get people registered to vote and also educate them, not only about what’s on the ballot, but how they do things they might have to do in the future that they can be made aware of now.”
With help from the Young Democrats, the College Republicans, SEAK, APO and the Student Peace Alliance, they were able to register over 55 voters and hand out over 40 absentee ballots in the first four days alone.
“We kind of take for granted that we live in a democratic society where we get to choose the people who represent us and the people who serve in our county,” Chapman said.
Throughout the remainder of the semester, the Office of Student Activities will be sponsoring tables with information about other elections going on in the area.
“There are a lot of really close and interesting battles within the county that I think are going to really impact what happens in Georgetown in the next couple of years,” Chapman said.
The purpose of this information is to get students involved in the community in which they live. By providing information to students, Chapman encourages them to take a more active role in participating in events that will affect them specifically.
“I encourage people to vote in Williamson County,” Chapman said. “If you think about it, you spend eight months out of the year in this county, and some of the decisions that are going to be made will affect people here more than they will at home.”