Students offer fellow Hilltoppers rides to polls

Crestwood junior Elizabeth Trader talks to fellow Ride To Vote volunteer, Olive Hill junior Alexandria Knipp about the problems they have faced with student voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8 near Avenue of Champions. WKU’s Student Government partnered with Ride To Vote to help all students make it to the polls but most students Trader and Knipp encountered were either not registered in Bowling Green or have absentee voted.

Monica Kast

“Have you had the opportunity to vote today?” Oldham County junior Elizabeth Trader asked students walking past Gilbert Hall. “Are you registered to vote in Bowling Green?”

For Trader, the response was often the same: the student wasn’t registered to vote in Warren County.

“Everyone makes a huge deal about ‘go out and vote,’” Trader said, standing in the Valley and holding a sign announcing the Ride to Vote campaign. “No one talks as much about getting registered.”

For this election, the Student Government Association partnered with Ride to Vote, providing rides to polls in Warren County for students on WKU’s campus. Trader heard about Ride to Vote from her friend and the project leader, Olive Hill junior Alexandria Knipp. Trader said she felt that it was a good way to get involved with the election “without being involved in the campaigns.”

“More so than my candidate winning, I just want people to vote,” Trader said.

Trader, however, found that many students could not use the Ride to Vote service, because they weren’t voting in Warren County.

“It doesn’t matter how many social media posts there are about voting,” Trader said. “If you’re not registered, you can’t vote.”

Reporter Monica Kast can be reached at 270-745-6011 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @monicakastwku.


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