Having a polling place on campus has been considered more convenient for students, faculty and community members alike. However, within the past few weeks of Early Voting, this new polling place has also been very effective in raising the number of voters.
Out of the seven total polling stations in Nacogdoches County, as of Oct. 20, the Baker Pattillo Student Center polling station is second in the number of ballots cast with 1,380 votes. The first is the Courthouse Annex here in Nacogdoches with 6,853, according to local law expert Sean Hightower. We should keep the momentum going and vote early while we still can.
In the 2016 Presidential Election, the percentage of early voters was at 44.15% in total, according to votetexas.gov. However, with a few days left in our early voting cycle, in Nacogdoches County, as of Oct. 20, 32.1% of registered voters have cast their ballots. With the convenience of voting on campus, there is no alternative excuse for deciding not to vote this year. Take advantage of this opportunity and make history.
For all students, staff and community members who have already early voted, thank you for partaking in your civic duty. For all who have yet to vote this early voting cycle, make time. The next four years of the United States depends on the outcome of these votes, most importantly, of your vote.