Student senate announces plan for a Party at the Polls, continues to plan college diversity summits


At Thursday’s student senate meeting, Student Governing Association’s governmental relations committee director Hayley Spellman announced the official plans for a Party at the Polls.

The event, set to happen on Nov. 6, is funded by a $1,000 grant from Students Learn Students Vote, which is part of the Young Invisibles.

Spellman, senior in political science and communication studies, said the nonprofit reached out to her committee after an editorial-piece she wrote in the K-State Collegian in September about National Voter Registration Day.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the KSU Foundation will be open for the Party at the Polls. There will be free food and the event will be open to all students and community members.

The venue was selected for its proximity to the Denison Fire Station, which is a polling place for some Kansas State students, Spellman said.

While the event is meant to encourage voter turnout, Spellman said everyone is welcome to join regardless of whether they participated in the election or not.

For more information about your polling place, click on the Riley County Voting District Map on the county website.

Additionally, student senators continued to plan diversity summits within each college caucus.

In the meetings since KSUnite earlier this October, ten to fifteen minutes of each student senate meeting was dedicated to the planning of the summits which will be put on in coordination with the director of multicultural affairs Makinsey McIntosh.

The legislative series regarding the definitive establishment of an election board was also passed in final action in two roll-call votes with 47 student senators in favor and zero against.

Kristen Schau, election commissioner and sophomore in political science, said the amendments should make the elections process more fair.

Student senate will reconvene on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Wildcat Chambers on the main floor of the K-State Student Union. For more information about SGA initiatives and meeting times, check out their OrgSync page.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.