Hendrix College will host Know Your Ballot to help voters make informed decisions in the mid-term elections.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29 in Lecture Hall A of the Mills Center for Social Sciences at Hendrix.
Professor of Politics Jay Barth said the college has hosted Know Your Ballot events each election year for several reasons.
“First, each election, many of our students are participating in their first elections and we want to be sure they are comfortable with the election process. In addition, while the highest profile races on the ballot often get a great deal of attention, the ballot measures and local races generally receive much less attention,” he said.
To that end, Barth will provide an overview of the measures on the Arkansas ballot and present the arguments put forward by proponents and opponents of each of them.
“We want voters to have as great an understanding as possible of those issues and races so they can feel confident in their votes,” Barth said.
Dean of Students Jim Wiltgen, the sheriff of the voting site located on the Hendrix College campus, will inform attendees about the newly-revamped voting process.
Additionally, candidates for offices that will appear on ballots in Faulkner County — state legislature, county, and city officials — have been asked to give three-minute introductions.
“These candidates have been invited to stay for a meet-and-greet session afterward,” Hendrix Communications Director Amy Forbus said.