Berea College, the Student Government Association (SGA), and the student body are key constituencies within the City of Berea. Currently there are 13 individuals campaigning for 8 open positions on Berea’s City Council for the election to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The City Council of Berea indisputably makes decisions that impact students, whether considering non-discrimination policies such as the Fairness Ordinance, supporting local crafts, farms, and businesses, or debating what goods can and cannot be sold within Berea. Berea College students comprise a large portion of the approximate 13,500 citizens in Berea. (When you factor in those of voting age and further narrow it to registered voters, the potential impact Berea students can have on local elections is self-evident.)
It is the responsibility of Berea’s Student Government to ensure that Berea’s students are informed and educated about the issues facing the City Council and our local government, and these efforts must be extended in election years, such as this one, where a wide variety of candidates are running on varying platforms for eight positions within City Council.
Register to Vote!
If you are not yet registered to vote, or are already registered in another county/state but want to be registered in Berea, you can register to vote by October 9 and vote in the November 6 local, state, and national elections. Voter registration cards can be found in the SGA Office (located in Woods-Penniman right next to the Crossroads Café), and every night this week at the following times you can stop in the SGA Office, fill out your voter registration card in less than five minutes, and let us do the rest:
Monday (October 1): 7:00-11:00pm
Tuesday (October 2): 7:00-11:00pm
Wednesday (October 3): 7:00-11:00pm
Thursday (October 4): 7:00-11:00pm
Voter Registration Cards can also be filled out any time at the Info Desk in Alumni Building.
SGA Presents: City Council Candidates Forum in Berea College
With SGA’s efforts to give students the opportunity to make an informed vote in local elections, SGA is proud to announce a City Council Forum in Baird Lounge (Alumni Building) on Tuesday, October 30, from 7:00-9:00pm, with a reception following. This is an unparalleled opportunity for students to educate themselves, get involved, and influence local elections for the better.
SGA Shuttles on Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 6:00am-6:00pm
SGA will have two shuttles running from 6:00am-6:00pm, the opening and closing of the voting booths, on Tuesday, November 6, to the two voting districts within Berea. Shuttles will rotate through Alumni Circle all day as SGA officers work to transport every registered student to the voting booth on Election Day.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. SGA is pleased to be working in conjunction with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Berea College Democrats, Berea College Republicans, and the newly-formed SGA Political Awareness Committee to ensure every student has the opportunity to become a registered voter, meet and question their local City Council candidates, and make it to the voting booths on November 6.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to let me know. On behalf of SGA, I am looking forward to the coming days as we register students to vote, meet our local candidates, and cast our vote in November.