SGA receives grant for voter registration initiatives

Recently, the Student Government Association received an $1,800 grant for voter registration from the Association of Student Governments, SGA President Jake Cox said.

“We believed that it was necessary to apply for the grant because we wanted to work to get more funds that could help us advertise, inform and provide for programs that could get students on campus involved,” Cox said. “Not only will we be involving students, but we will be working to help out locals who may not be able to transport themselves or have information on local candidates made easily available to them.”

ASG is funded by $1 from every student in the UNC-system.

“We do everything we can to give that money back to the students,” ASG President Cameron Carswell said.

Some of the money will be used for a voter’s day drive, Adam Ezell, SGA director of governmental operations, said.

SGA will still be registering voters during this time and will maintain non-partisanship, Ezell said.

On the same day of the drive, SGA will use part of the grant to fund a debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats, Ezell said.

The money will be used to fund a debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats during the voter’s day drive, Ezell said.

A new radio program where candidates and parties can talk about each candidates platforms and ways for student involvement will also be funded by the grant, Cox said.

“We can’t wait to be a part of such a huge local and national discussion,” Cox said. “This is an opportunity for students to learn about their part of being educated voters, and for most students on campus, it will be their first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. Information is the key, and we hope to lead students to an understanding and appreciation of their civic duty.”

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