Rogers State University students and community members are invited to a free event to spotlight the American Constitution and to help RSU students register to vote.
Constitution Day/Voter Registration Day is an event co-hosted by RSU’s Student Government Association (SGA) and the Office of Student Affairs. Activities will take place Monday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center on the RSU campus in Claremore.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the U.S. Constitution, its importance, its content, its significance in the founding of the country, and its continued influence on American government.
Observed each year in September, Constitution Day is a federal observance that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution Sept. 17, 1787. The observance encourages learning about the Constitution while celebrating citizenship in the U.S.
“We have pocket Constitutions that we’re going to hand out that day, so that people know the importance of the U.S. Constitution, and the rights it gives them as students and as U.S. citizens,” said Katie Anderson, student activities coordinator. “We’ll also be hosting Rep. Mark Lepak for a meet and greet and to answer questions. It’s important for students to get to know who’s representing them.”
In addition to Rep. Lepak (9th District), RSU’s College Republicans and College Democrats student organizations will be on hand to meet event attendees and share information about their respective clubs.
Constitution Day at RSU will double as the university’s Voter Registration Day, a massive cross-country initiative to register voters ahead of upcoming elections.
Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. Nearly 4.5 million Americans have registered to vote on the holiday since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.
“It’s important for students to practice their civic duty and go out there and vote,” Anderson said. “We have many students who weren’t 18 years old in high school, so they haven’t had the chance to vote yet. We’d like to give them the opportunity to register to vote. They can come by and fill out the forms which we’ll mail off for them, and they can expect to get their voter registration card later in the mail.”
Refreshments will be available during this event.
For more information about National Votor Registration Day, visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org. For information about Constitution Day, contact the Katie Anderson at 918-343-7755.