Students rally on last day of voter registration


Senior government major Blake Medley, treasurer of the University Democrats, assits students registering to vote during Hook the Vote at Gregory Plaza Tuesday night.

Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber | Daily Texan Staff

Students flocked to tables across campus Tuesday to prepare for the forthcoming election on the last day of voter registration.

Hook the Vote, a nonpartisan, student-run organization to promote voting and voter registration to UT students, hosted its final day of voter registration tables throughout campus. Although students have had opportunities to register earlier in the year, the tables received their largest turnout Tuesday, Billy Calve, Hook the Vote director, said.

Calve, who is a government senior, said the organization sets up tables to raise voter awareness and to ensure students register to vote. The organization’s usual efforts were supplemented with additional tables on Gregory Plaza and a voter registration rally that lasted until midnight.

Calve said getting students registered to vote is important, especially since students’ schedules are usually busy.

“All we want is to get a lot of people out there to try and change the way the politics are,” Calve said. “The rally was really exciting, because it gave us a chance to celebrate voting and the pleasures and rewards that come with it.”

English junior Betsy Roche said the rush to register on the last day was unsurprising given that students have become more aware of the deadline as it approached.

“People came on the last day seeking us out rather than us trying to pull them in,” Roche said. “It’s going to be cool to see how local elections play out this year, knowing that so many UT students are going to be voting.”

Communication studies senior Presley Hall said other organizations are hard at work to get students registered. Hall said her sorority made it a priority to get its members registered to vote.

“We had a meeting at my sorority the night before the deadline, and registration was first and last on the agenda. Whether you are really into politics or not, voting is important,” she said.

Printed on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 as: Hook the Vote provides tables on campus to register students