StuGov Buzz: Get ready to vote

Hello student body. I am Emily Smith and am the current chair of the External Affairs Committee. With the Iowa caucus done, primary season is upon us. This presidential primary, like all elections, is incredibly important. Student Government strongly encourages all students to be civically engaged. Voting during the primary will happen on March 10. To do this, however, you must be a registered voter in the state of Missouri. Missouri’s deadline for registering to vote in the presidential primary is Feb. 12th. 

To help our student body have their best shot at being civically engaged, the External Affairs Committee will be hosted a voter registration drive in the Student Union Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 30-31. The table had free food and the opportunity to enter into a giveaway for a Hydro Flask! 

Even if you have already registered to vote in your hometown, we suggest you register here in Kirksville. Voting here on campus can seem easier to students and be less out of the way than many other precincts, however, many students prefer to stay registered in their hometown! If that is the case, you can vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballot voting can happen between Jan. 28 and March 9. In order to do so, you must request an absentee ballot by Wednesday, Feb. 26 and have it in, completed by Tuesday, March 10. More information regarding casting absentee ballots will be available at our table, as well, so be sure to stop by. All of this leads up to the national general presidential election, which will take place on Nov. 2.

For more information on voter registration, poll places and the upcoming elections, visit the Secretary of State’s website or feel free to reach out to our chair, Emily Smith at We’re excited to see you at our table and we hope you have a good weekend!