The Eta Omicron chapter at Sam Houston State University is working to get all of its members to register to vote in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
Member Monica Earley has helped coordinate the effort because she feels it is important for women to vote let their voices be heard. She has provided voter registration cards to each chapter member and provided a list of all candidates on the ballot nationally alongside the candidates’ different agendas to help educate members who may not know where to begin when it comes to voting.
“I believe it is important for women to vote because we as a group have only held this right for less than 100 years with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States Constitution,” Monica said. “Women fought hard for us to have the right to vote and by not voting I feel that we relinquish our rights to use our voice to someone else who does vote.”
Monica said she feels passionate about undertaking this effort for her chapter because she believes voting allows everyone a chance to make a difference and serve their local communities.
“Eleanor Roosevelt says to be the change we wish to see in the world, and I believe that in today’s society that starts with voting,” Monica said.
Monica said that the Eta Omicron chapter does have a few members who are voting for their first time this November and recalled her first time voting in the 2016 presidential election.
“I remember feeling very excited because I finally felt that I had a say in who represented me and my community,” she said. “I still get this excited feeling now when I get the ability to vote because I get to exercise my rights that those before me fought so hard for.”
Monica recommends that any other chapter that wants to help their members get registered to vote start by educating members on how and why to vote. In Tri Sigma, this is easy to connect to the Character Counts! pillar of citizenship.
“By being aware of who represents you locally and on a national level, you can make a simple change and have your voice heard,” Monica said. “I encourage everyone to get out and register to vote so that when you find someone that has an agenda you find important, you can vote for them to have your ideas and voice heard.”
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