A sign of the times

MCC students register to vote

More than 100 Meridian Community College students registered to vote Tuesday, thanks to the efforts of the Phil Hardin Foundation Honors College at MCC students.

The Honors College students’ endeavors coincided with Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day, a day when citizens can sign up and make sure they can cast their ballot in the next election. Members of the Honors College spread out across campus in six different locations and manned booths for four hours to complete their task.

“Voter registration gets people in my generation involved in the politics of our great country,” said Dunnam Shirley, a sophomore who is also an Honors College student.

With the general election just six weeks away, Shirley stressed the importance of voting. “It’s only after four constitutional amendments and several congressional acts that everyone over the age of 18 has the right to vote, so it is imperative that we perform our civic duty by voting.”

This was among the first projects of the fall semester for the Honors College. Barbara Jones, Honors College co-director and the executive director of the MCC Foundation, said projects are chosen so students can learn the importance of leadership and supporting the community.“We see this as one of the best choices,” she said.

There was some prep work behind today’s efforts. “We took our Honors Council students to the Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk’s office to get them aware of how to help students fill out the forms correctly, and that was a big help,” Jones said.

In Mississippi, the general election day is Nov. 6, and the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot.