Election turnout efforts: SWOSU works with Turbovote
By Logan Lassley
For The Southwestern
In the United States, citizens are able to vote once they reach the age of 18. This ability to vote gives these new adults a say in the decision and law-making process for the first time in their lives.
Although this demographic has this new ability, they are the most underrepresented when it comes election time.
Students and teachers at Southwestern Oklahoma State University are looking to help improve these numbers by using Turbovote. Turbovote was made to “make registering to vote quick and easy to do on your own time. It guides students through the process required for registration, no matter where they are.” Turbovote is part of a non-profit organization called Democracy Works.
“Here at SWOSU we are pretty good at getting students to register, but not necessarily the follow through,” Dr. Heather Katz said. “So, Turbovote is not only going to help students register, but also it will send reminders about when an absentee ballot is due, where your polling place is, as well as sending you a pre-stamped ballot.”
The Student Government Association at SWOSU pitched in as well by setting up a booth on Sept. 22, National Voter Registration Day, to help students get registered.
The final day to register to vote in Oklahoma is Oct. 9 and the next election is Nov. 3.