By Lorenzo Almanza
Assistant News Director
The Texas secretary of state visited the Texas State campus to discuss student voter participation.
Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry hosted a round-table discussion Tuesday afternoon. On the agenda was ways to educate students about voting and the upcoming 2014 election. Various campus leaders attended the event and expressed their thoughts about voting and ways student involvement can be increased in the process.
And Berry wants students to be informed.
“We have an election in November and I want to get out the word out to voters so they know of some deadlines as well as they know what to bring to the polls, so we thought we would start first with college students because college students tend to be first-time voters, especially those in the age group of 18 to 24,” Berry said.
She believes student voting should be a top priority. So, Berry is hosting a nationwide college campus tour in hopes that more students will go to the polls. She has visited various campuses, ranging from the University of Texas to Rice University, and explained the various techniques that are being used to reach out to students.
“We are reaching to student leaders to get our message across,” said Berry. “We are also on Twitter, Instagram, as well as Facebook, so we are using all forms of social media and a virtual toolkit we have sent out to campuses so they can get that word out to students also the information. We are using all forms of media: Television, radio, newspaper, so people get the information they need.”
Voter registration ends Oct. 6.