By Marissa HayesJunior Kourtney Ford said she’s excited to vote for the first time this year.
“I am excited to learn the process of registering,” said Ford. “I’ve been following and watching both political parties. This will be my first election that I will be able to vote in, and I’m so ready for it.”
The Student Government Association is making the process easier for her by offering students the ability to fill out and send the political registration forms to vote. All students, regardless of state of origin, will have the ability to register to vote before the election.
SGA Vice President Bianca Bailey has high hopes for the political registration movement.
“We want to promote political awareness to students around campus,” said Bailey.
SGA has a goal to have at least 500 students registered to vote by the polling dates.
The arrival of the political movement has been buzzing throughout Wesley. Senior Jullian Freeman is confident that SGA will have more than 500 students.
“I believe SGA will have at least 600 to 800 students,” said Freeman. “I know students who are interested in the election, but have no idea how or what the process consists of. It’s nice that SGA is helping students become more involved and aware in this election. So, I believe 500 will be the minimum for their expectations.”
Students who are aware of the political registration and voting processes will be set up around campus to answer any questions that students may have about registration and the election.
Senior Kanesha Brown believes it’s a fantastic movement.
“It’s considerate of SGA to inform students,” said Brown. “It would also be nice if SGA explained the policies of both candidates and broadcasted the debates in November. Students who are not registered need to understand the importance of this election and vote.”
Junior Chelsea Jackson said she is aware of the registration process and that she has been involved with politics for four years now.
“I am already registered,” said Jackson. “When Obama took office in 2008, I became involved in the political world. It made me excited for the 2012 election, because I’ll be old enough to vote. The process really isn’t hard.”
Overall, the political registration movement wants students to become part of history this 2012 presidential election.
“We just want to assist students with the registration process to make it as simple as possible,” said Bailey.