Arkansas Tech students have 33 days to register to vote by the Oct. 10 deadline to ensure the ability to vote in the Nov. 8 election.
In an effort to help students register to vote in Pope County, Student Government Association and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host registration tables in BazTech and at the Hindsman Bell Tower throughout the month of September.
The voter registration tables will be available Sept. 6 to Sept. 26. The tables will only be available for students on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Monday registration tables will be located at BazTech from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday registration tables will be at the Hindsman Bell Tower from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The voter registration tables are part of an election series through the Office of Campus Life with the purpose in getting more students involved in the political process.
Kara Johnson, coordinator for leadership and service, said the purpose of the voter registration tables is to show students how to register and provide information on the importance of being a registered voter and how to research candidates.
“I think it is important to show students that there is more to a community than just Tech,” Johnson said. “The students are here for four years, but they don’t really realize that outside of Tech’s borders things are happening and it affects them, whether they realize it or not.”
It is also in the works to have mock voting booths at the registration tables, “so students can go through the actual process of voting,” Johnson said.
Malik Oliver, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity said that they hope to get a lot of students registered so Tech students can exercise their right to vote and let their voices be heard.
“Not everybody has always had the right to vote,” Oliver said. “So now that everyone has the opportunity, why not exercise it.
“I think it will benefit students because it will get them more involved,” Oliver said. “They’ll understand how crucial it is to go out and vote this year. I feel like this is crucial and very imperative that we get out and vote.”
Russellville’s voting headquarters is located on Hwy 64 East near Brangus Steakhouse. There will be signs on Election Day that will point voters in the right direction.
Students who are already registered to vote, but are registered in another county have several options when requesting an absentee ballot.
The deadline for an absentee ballot application is a week before Election Day. After the ballots are filled out, ballots must be mailed in time to reach the county clerks office on Election Day. Ballots cannot be faxed or emailed.
Bearers, or those who can pick up a ballot for someone else, can pick up ballots the day before the election.
Students can pick up their ballot in person as early as the day before early voting.
For more information call the Pope County Clerks office between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 479-968-6064 or stop by the courthouse on the corner of West Main and Arkansas.