SFA students march to the polls to encourage millennials to vote

SFA students march to the polls to encourage millennials to vote
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)
(Source: KTRE Staff)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - SFA students are striving to get more millennials involved in this year's primary election. The school's Political Action Committee marched to the polls Friday afternoon. Chair members said the event was crucial.

SFA students congregated at the Baker Pattillo Student Center this afternoon but not to socialize.

"We are here just promoting millennial involvement in politics." said Alina Brown, Political Action Committee Member.

It's a subject that analysts have deemed millennials to be detached from.

"We are the most under-represented...young people," said Savian Nugent, Political Action Committee Chair.

"We want things to be immediate, and when it comes to politics, it's usually a delayed gratification. We have to wait on it," Brown said.

Be it economy, racial equality, retirement benefits, or prison reform, the Political Action Committee found it essential to get their peers involved with the upcoming election.

"Our main goal was to register over 1,000 students from SFA and Nacogdoches County to vote," Brown said.

"We're being directly affected by the legislation being passed today," Nugent said.

The organizations along with members of the community marched to the polls to vote without bias.

"You know what's right in your mind and in your heart, but we don't endorse any one particular candidate," Nugent said.

They conveyed that millennials' votes do count. Members attribute the millennials'  disengagement to different things.

"There's social media, the Kardashians, television shows. There are way more than ever seen before, so there are more distractions," Brown said.

"Why is it that people who don't represent our interest are still in power? It's because we aren't doing anything about it," Nugent said.

It's something the organization wants to change even if it takes getting one registration card filled out at a time.

The political action committee chair said they surpassed their goal of getting 1,000 students registered to vote. He said as of now nearly 2,000 students at SFA have registered to vote.

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