The Texas primaries are approaching quickly and if you’re not registered to vote yet, you only have one more day to do so.
With the Feb. 5 deadline, the registrars spent today making sure young voters get the chance to cast ballots.
Students didn’t have to go far to get registered. Deputy registrars say they want to decrease apathy in young voters.
Voter registration deputy Ann Clarkson spent most of her day at Midwestern State University.
“A democracy depends on an educated voter. You will not have a democracy unless you know what your vote stands for and the person that you’re voting for,” Clarkson said.
It’s why she’s trying to get students registered before it’s too late.
“You kind of have to be a cheerleader,” Clarkson said. “You have to draw them over to the table usually because if you’re just sitting here, they don’t come to the table to see what you have to offer.”
Clarkson says often times, students they talk to aren’t sure what they’re signing up for and first time voters like freshma Zachary Downing is excited to exercise that right.
“I want to be involved in government and politics and all of that and voting gets me that right,” Downing said. “I would say students aren’t as involved in voting because who wants to register and go vote. it’s kind of boring.”
MSU junior Jonathan Narvais says while he understands the importance of voting, that is not the case for many of his peers.
“I think that being an American, it’s kind of everyone’s civic duty to exercise their right to vote,”Narvais said. No one really talks about certain things unless it’s the presidency election. No one really cares.”
Senior Keyanna Jones says she plans to do her research on the local candidates.
“That’s going to affect you in your personal life, it’s going to affect your paycheck, it’s going to affect everything so you should know so you can be an informed voter,” Jones said.
After the March primary Clarkson says they plan to come back to campus get students registered in time for the Nov. elections.