By: Gloria Cortes
The Volunteer State Community College’s Student Government Association is hosting a Meet and Greet with a Treat: Grab a Float and Register to Vote on Sept. 25.
“If one would like to vote SGA will have a register to vote table Sept. 25. from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Carpeted Dining Room. We have registration forms available and it is quick, easy, and your information is secure. You can also visit www.GoVoteTN.com,” wrote SGA Vice President Mary Dobbs in an email.
This event allows students to interact with the SGA and other faculty members while raising awareness for voter registration.
“SGA Meet and Greet with a Treat is an event hosted by The Student Government Association that allows SGA, the student body, and staff to engage with one another. Grab a Float and Register to Vote is the September event because September is National Voter Registration Month. September 25th is National Voter Registration Day,” wrote Dobbs.
The SGA has set up voter registration booths earlier in the fall semester.
“We have 23 people who have registered to vote thus far,” wrote Vol State Coordinator of Student Activities Tabitha Sherrell.
To register to vote, eligible students must be 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident, and must not be a felon; however, some felons may vote if they have had their voting rights restored according to sos.tn.gov.
Eligible students who plan to register need to bring one of the following acceptable types of identification: their Tennessee driver’s license or their Tennessee Department of Safety, and Homeland Security ID, according to ovr.govote.tn.gov.
The voter registration deadline for the upcoming general election in Tennessee is Oct. 9.
“The elections that we are helping people get registered for is for the Federal and State general elections. Tennessee will be voting for a new Governor, House of Representative members, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. This is a big election because the people elected will be in office for 2-4 years depending on their position,” wrote Dobbs.