Nov. 3, 2020
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More than 20 students – and the First Lady – at the University of West Georgia are making a difference today by volunteering at election poll locations.

Dr. Tressa Kelly and fellow poll workers

The students and First Lady Dr. Tressa Kelly trained for their work in October and will volunteer at some of the 28 polling locations around Carroll County today. UWG hosts a location for registered voters in Carrollton in the Z-6 Dining Hall.

“Making an investment in civic engagement is incredibly important for everyone, but especially so for our students as they encounter new and exciting opportunities while attending UWG,” Kelly said. “I am proud to be standing among these students today as we work to ensure an efficient, safe process for everyone who comes to cast a vote.”

Khareem Leslie, president of the Student Government Association, guided the efforts of the volunteer students to complete their training, offering yet another experiential learning opportunity for UWG students.

“Getting involved in the election process is important because it allows volunteers to understand the process at a local level,” Leslie said. “We are excited for this group of volunteers to have a unique opportunity that not everyone gets to experience in an effort to have them be civically engaged.”

Leslie said it’s important for young adults to vote because it provides them an opportunity to voice their opinions in a clearly defined way.

“For many years, our ancestors fought for their right to vote in a fair, free election,” Leslie said. “We should honor their legacy by turning out to vote for issues that are important to us.”

“For many years, our ancestors fought for their right to vote in a fair, free election,” Leslie said. “We should honor their legacy by turning out to vote for issues that are important to us.”

To learn more about what UWG is doing to encourage voter participation by students, visit the Wolves Vote webpage.