More than 1,200 Northwest students registered to vote through a Student Senate sponsored TurboVote link in Canvas.

Governmental Affairs Co-Chair Grace McCarty said TurboVote was successfully used to help students register to vote in the 2016 election, so the committee decided to use it again.

“The numbers were very high for such a small scale,” McCarty said. “When we came into this position just this semester, we weren’t sure about midterm elections, so we reached out to the past chairs and they suggested we use TurboVote to really get it on campus.”

Co-Chair sophomore Kirayle Jones said the committee began working with TurboVote over the summer.

“We had a few conference calls during the summer,” Jones said. “It was a pretty painless process, there were just many meetings where we had to talk about how this would actually work on our campus.”

McCarty said the most complicated part of the process was finalizing the contract.

“There was a part that wasn’t legal with the state of Missouri,” McCarty said. “So we had to have (Kori) Hoffman come in and look over it and rewrite it, and we had to send it back to TurboVote for it to eventually go through.”

Jones said he was ecstatic about the number of students who registered.

“It was amazing, we went in with our original goal being 700,” Jones said. “Last week when we looked at the numbers and it was over 1,200 we were like, ‘Holy smokes.’”

McCarty said the next steps for the committee now that registration is closed, are to educate students about the initiatives on the ballot and encourage students to get to the polls Nov. 6.

More information to come in next week's paper.

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