Rock the Vote began on Oct. 5, 2012 in the Theron Montgomery Building. Rock the Vote was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the Student Government Association. There was a table set up on the second floor of the TMB for students to receive information on voting.
Members from the SGA were present to inform students on the importance of voting.
Vice President of Student Senate Jade Wagner, Director of Publicity Amanda Cave, and Chief Justice Krystal Hardy informed students about voting. There were balloons and signs decorating the table reminding students to vote.
“We’re here to tell students, ‘hey, don’t forget to vote’. We have balloons and signs to remind everyone to go out and vote,” said Jade Wagner.
As stated on Rock the Vote’s website, Rock the Vote is an organization that has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in the United States to participate in every election, with the goal of seizing the power of the youth vote to create political and social change.
Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people by engaging them in the electoral process, urging politicians to pay attention to issues that matter to young voters, and protecting their fundamental right to vote. Their mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country.
“We want each student not to just have their voice heard but to have their opinion heard,” said Hardy. “Which President we pick really plays a major role in our education as far as the future of Pell grants and higher education. We want students to voice their opinions so that everyone today and tomorrow will have a way to get to college and be able to afford it.”
The SGA had tables set up before the registration deadline to get students registered to vote. If the student registered with the SGA, the organization mailed off the form for them.
“We’re stressing everyone’s voice and everyone’s right to be heard. Your vote is making a difference either way you vote,” said Wagner. “We want to make sure everyone is aware and everyone does their part."