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Davis campaign registers students on last day

Davis campaign registers students on last day

October 06
16:50 2014

Steven James / Staff Writer

Because today was the last day for Texas citizens to register to vote for the upcoming gubernatorial elections, members of Senator Wendy Davis’s Battleground Texas were standing outside of Willis Library with voting applications.

Battleground Texas is an organization that spreads early voting and voting registration to those who might need assistance in access to voting, such as college students.

Today’s registrants received a receipt. Voting cards are expected to arrive in peoples’ mail within the next two weeks, just in time for early voting, which begins Oct. 20.

Voting normally begins 17 days before Election Day, but because the 17th day prior to Election Day falls on a Saturday this year, voting begins two days late. Election Day is Nov. 4.

UNT’s Student Government Association will place a voting booth in Sycamore Hall 142 Oct. 27- 31 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. for those who cannot travel off campus.

Psychology freshman Matthew Deski has been a member of Battleground Texas since September. He said the point of the group’s activities today were to get UNT students registered to vote. Some UNT faculty members even registered today.

“We are the youth of the nation and we should have a voice in government,” Deski said.

English sophomore David Lopez has been a member since Wendy Davis came to campus Sept. 5.

Lopez said even though the registration drive was hosted by Davis’s campaign, that political affiliation should not stop people from voting.

“It’s nice to get people registered, to get the right foot in the right door,” he said. “Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, voting lets people know you’re engaged and trying to get involved in what goes on in your life.”

One person who barely met the early registration deadline was business junior Madison Smith. Smith said she is sometimes bothered by government officials not always listening to those who vote, but that people should still vote to voice their opinions.

“Getting your opinion out there is more important than just sitting back and not doing anything about an issue,” Smith said. “It makes us feel like we matter.”

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