Students from across the state talked problems they have experienced when trying to vote and discussed solutions to those problems. Students voiced their concerns to lawmakers and voting rights activists.
Students are pushing for early voting in Mississippi, online voter registration and restoring the voting rights for convicted felons in the state.
Students say they will take what they learned from the summit to their college campuses and communities.
Brandon Rue, a student at the University of Southern Mississippi, says “We can do this. That’s the biggest thing for me right now is show young people that we can do this.”
“It’s time for Mississippi to move forward. There is innovation that is available for online voting registration, and Mississippi should allow early no excuse voting,” says Jennifer Riley Collins, Executive Director ACLU.
Caroline Dvorsky, Program Manager for the Millennial Action Project says, “Young people aren’t as interested in these partisan labels. They are more looking forward to solutions and want the ability to vote, want it to be easier are kind of fed up waiting three hours in line. They’re looking for their elected officials to give them solutions.”
Organizers are planning another summit in the Fall.