SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri State University organization called Paws to the Polls held its first annual event to ensure students are registered to vote by the Oct. 12 deadline.
This is a week-long event to allow students to register and prepare for the upcoming elections.
Students got information about new election laws that have been put in place for voter ID cards, helping to educate out-of-state students on how they can be registered in the county of Greene to vote.
“It makes it a little harder for students who are out of state to vote because they can no longer use an out-of-state driver’s license,” said organizer Suzanne Walker-Pacheco. “Your vote is your voice. It is therefore important to pass it on to the students. And there is a lot of reluctance to vote on the part of students.
The event also offered voting simulations and information on how to vote – their way of trying to help alleviate some of the concerns students may have about voting.
In addition to the event they had this afternoon, they will be holding a conversation with elected officials tomorrow at 3 p.m. for the students of the PSU theater.