On National Voter Registration Day, hundreds of students registered to vote, SGA director says


On Tuesday, the student-run campaign K-State Votes celebrated the holiday by registering students to vote at several locations around campus.

Hayley Spellman, governmental relations chair and senior in political science and communication studies, said in Thursday’s student senate meeting the group registered more than 120 students to vote in Riley County.

In addition, the group, comprised of Student Governing Association representatives, faculty members, the League of Women Voters, the Institute for Civic Discourse, Loud Light, HandsOn and Housing and Dining Services, saw about 50 students request advanced ballots in other counties.

Corbin Sedlacek, senior in management and accounting and local relations director, was also an organizer of the event. Sedlacek said the drive also helped “hundreds” of voters register in “counties across the state of Kansas.”

Spellman, who said the drive was a “blast” said she was very grateful to all of the individuals that volunteered at any of the eight locations the group had set up around campus.

“We had a lot of traffic in Bosco Plaza. I talked to so many people that I lost my voice,” Spellman said. “We had a lot of people talking about it … word got out, people were talking about it all day. People are still talking about it.”

Spellman said there are more voter registration projects in the works over the next month or so.

Student senate will reconvene at 7 p.m. in the Wildcat Chambers on Oct. 4.

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