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Voter Registration Encourages Civic Duty

Danielle Thomas
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   The University of Arkansas at Monticello held a voter registration drive Sept. 19, 20 and 21, sponsored by the Student Government Association and UAM Ambassadors.

   SGA and the Ambassadors chose to hold the drive to promote Act 1, the Arkansas Higher Education Technology and Facility Improvement Act. According to the flyer the Ambassadors and SGA passed out during the voter registration drive, Act 1 will help UAM receive $ 4.1 million to help update the campus.

   “If this bill gets passed, UAM gets $ 4.1 million, which gives (UAM) extra money for better computers and Internet,” said Alicia Kennedy, a sophomore Ambassador.

   Lindsey Kight, Student Programs and Activities director, also mentioned that Act 1 would not raise taxes.

   “Act 1 will really benefit the university," Kight said. "It will bring in a lot of money for technology."

   Brad Sears, SGA Vice-President, said the voter registration drive turned out well.

   “The voter registration drive was fairly successful,” Sears said.  “We had a lot of people registering to vote."

   Along with registering students to vote, SGA and the Ambassadors drew for prizes donated by Simmons First Bank, Commercial Bank and Circle N gas station.

   The winners of the $50 savings bonds from Commercial Bank include Lakeshia Moseby and Sheena Garrard. John Horn and Clark Roberts won $50 savings bonds from Simmons First Bank. Callie Speights won a $50 gas card from Circle N.

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09/20/2006 11:05:03 PM http://www.uamont.edu/Organizations/TheVoice/4_3/vote.htm