5pm, on October 10th, marked the deadline for Missourians to register to vote in November’s general election. Final counts put the total number of voters registered by ASUM, in collaboration with numerous student organizations, at over 6,000!
Building off of the political interest and momentum from the upcoming presidential election, students went above and beyond to register record numbers by targeting residence halls, sorority & fraternity houses, and setting up camp in each campus’ student center.
While these numbers are incredibly exciting, our work is not yet done. Voter registration drives are futile when students do not show up to the polls on Election Day. We encourage you to get involved in anyway possible to help increase the voter turnout on your campus. Missouri students need to stand together to defend the importance of higher education in our state. The 75,000+ student population of Missouri’s flagship institution is listening and will go the extra mile to make sure that elected officials are listening, too.
Know your voting rights! Check out the Secretary of State’s website for information on students voting.
I am also proud to welcome new members to ASUM’s Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 school year. New structural changes to ASUM’s system-wide efforts will mean that board members will be even better equipped to inform, engage, and educate students on their own campuses and within the state of Missouri as a whole.