Students went to vote early on a trip organized by The Office of Multicultural & International Student Services on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Southwest Regional Library. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)
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TCU students are preparing for Election Day by registering to vote and encouraging others to do the same.

Will Porter, a sophomore and Fort Worth native, said he registered to vote when he turned 18 while he was getting his driver’s license.

TCU students who live out of state go through a different process.

“I used Vote.org to check my registration status and to request my ballot,” said junior political science and strategic communication double major Abby Peterson from Lincoln, Nebraska. “I’ve requested an absentee ballot every year since I’ve been away at school because I still want to vote in my home state’s local elections.”

TCU senior Spanish major Tori Nwoke said she filled out the official form online to register to vote in California.

As the 2020 presidential election closes in, students are becoming more adamant about others registering to vote. Students are posting resources and reminders on social media to encourage their peers to register and vote.

“I would absolutely encourage my peers to vote in this election,” Porter said. “Voting is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and all those who are qualified should exercise their freedom to choose who they think would be the best leaders and representatives for our cities, states and of course, our nation.”

Porter said he believes this is the most important presidential election college students have to live through.

“Typically, our age group has one of the lower voter turnout rates, but after experiencing 2020, I would strongly encourage my fellow students to change that statistic and cast their vote,” Porter said.

In this polarized election, students understand the importance of making everyone’s voice heard.

“I’ve encouraged all of my friends to register and vote!” Peterson said. “This year’s election is not one where we can afford to be complacent.”

Peterson added that this year is an opportunity to “affect change.”

“Nothing big happens overnight, and voting in this election is a small way for us to take command of the next 4 years,” she said.

To find out more information on resources and frequently asked questions regarding voter registration, visit here.