Vote Early on Campus Thursday Through Saturday | #students | #parents

Submitted by ASG

Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22-24, the west entrance of Bud Walton Arena will be open as an early-voting center for voters who are registered in Washington County. On Thursday and Friday, Bud Walton will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday it will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make this even easier, parking lots 46, 60, 62, 56B and 56 will be available on voting days without a permit.

The Associated Student Government and Washington County Election Commission are partnering to bring this early-voting center to campus. Anyone registered to vote in Washington County can cast early votes at Bud Walton Arena (west entrance).

The early voting center caps years of effort by Associated Student Government. Several ASG executive teams have made the center a focal point of their efforts as far back as 2010. Following the vote by the Washington County Election Commission to establish the polling center, ASG shared to its Facebook page an appreciation for all the current and past efforts.

“Special thanks to the Election Commission, Director of Municipal Relations Billie Firmin, Dr. Mary Skinner, Athletics, Parking & Transit, former ASG agents including (but not limited to) Hope Davenport, Mariam Siddiqui, and Ryann Alonso, and everyone who joined the fight to make this possible,” the group wrote.

If you are registered and able, please vote. Your voice matters, your vote matters, and voting affects our lives in Fayetteville just as much as it affects national politics, perhaps even more.

Remember that you need a photo ID to vote (student IDs work), and that you cannot wear political attire to your polling site. If you plan on using a driver’s license as your photo ID, it must be issued by the State of Arkansas.

If you are already registered in the State of Arkansas, you have until October 30 to change your voter registration to Washington County. You will be able to change your address at Bud Walton, but it does take some time. You can also change your name on your registration, if applicable.

Simply fill out a new voter registration form and complete section A if you’ve recently changed your name and section B if you’ve changed your address. Your registration should be at your current address, even if it’s a residence hall or Greek house.

See the Associated Student Government’s detailed guide for name and address changes for help.

In addition to voting at Bud Walton during this time, you can also vote at other early-voting sites in Washington County from Oct. 19-Nov. 2.  Election Day is Nov. 3. Visit the Washington County Election Commission’s site for a list of all early-voting sites.

As Razorbacks, we have a responsibility to our community, and voting is one of the best ways to act on that responsibility. Masks aren’t required at polling places, but they do help keep our community safe.

The Associated Student Government acts as an organized voice for all students at the University of Arkansas, to effectively represent students in the University’s decision and policy making process, and to provide a broad educational experience for students, while promoting citizenship on campus and in the greater community. For more information about ASG please contact 479-575-5255. Associated Student Government is a program in the Division of Student Affairs.

About the Division of Student Affairs: The Division of Student Affairs supports students in pursuing knowledge, earning a degree, finding meaningful careers, exploring diversity, and connecting with the global community. We provide students housing, dining, health care resources, and create innovative programs that educate and inspire. We enhance the University of Arkansas experience and help students succeed, one student at a time.

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