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Writing & Rhetoric Department Professor Don Unger writes:

In my fall 2020 & 2021 and spring 2023 writing classes at the University of Mississippi, students created short podcasts for the Oxford to the Ballot Box Project.


The podcastw  focused on issues that college students face in voting and issues that they thought college students should consider prior to voting in upcoming U.S. elections.  


Topics ranged from how the highest elected offices in the U.S. affect life on a college campus and some of the issues that Black voters have faced and continue to deal with in Mississippi, to how current policies in Mississippi and Tennessee suppress the vote and how absentee and mail-in voting work.


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Jordan Standifer
Tea Tuesdays: Voting Black in Mississippi

RT: 6:48

Bio notes: My name is Jordan Standifer, and I’m a Senior at the University of Mississippi, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Journalism, Professional Writing, and Sociology. I am from Aberdeen, MS.


In this episode of Tea Tuesdays, I discuss some of the issues that Black voters face in Mississippi by drawing from archival recordings and interviewing my family and friends about their experiences voting in the state.

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Claire Biggerstaff
The Clarity

RT 8:00

Bio Notes: Bio: Claire Biggerstaff is an English major and professional writing minor graduating in May 2021 from the University of Mississippi. During her college career, Claire has become a passionate advocate for students and the Oxford community most recently as the Principal of Health and Wellness on the Associated Student Body President’s Cabinet. After graduation Claire hopes to go into development in the nonprofit sector.

Welcome to The Clarity! I want to help clarify what’s going on with issues I don’t think are getting talked about enough this election season, about how the presidential election affects issues on college campuses. Today, I’ll be breaking down exactly what’s happening with Title IX regulations on college campuses.

Title IX 
The University of Mississippi SAFE program

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Anslee Wilson
The Anslee Daily 

RT: 5:59

Bio Notes: My name is Anslee Wilson, and I am from West Monroe, LA. I am a Legal Studies major and a Professional Writing minor at the University of Mississippi. My hope is to become an adoption attorney one day and practice in my hometown. Also, I love volunteering in the West Monroe and Oxford community.

Welcome to this special episode of The Anslee Daily where I discuss issues college students face when trying to vote, particularly on the Ole Miss campus. I also go into detail about the importance of having a voting day plan and give info on how to find your polling place before election day. 

Useful Links:
Mississippi Secretary of State Polling Locator
Campus Vote Project’s Guide to Voting in Mississippi 
University of Mississippi Polling Place Locator

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Jordan Standifer 


Claire biggerstaff


Anslee wilson

Maddy Robbins
"The Ins and Outs of Absentee Voting in Mississippi" 

RT: 9:03

Bio  Notes: My name is Maddy Robbins, and I am a senior Psychology major and professional writing minor graduating in the May of 2022. I am from Diamondhead, Mississippi. During my time in Oxford, I have become dedicated to helping those in our community through service and awareness.

In this episode, I discuss the difficulties that Mississippians face when they are in need of a mail-in absentee ballot. I discuss the limitations of who can get a ballot and the difficulties of actually submitting the ballot. I speak with a guest from the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and I get their opinions on Mississippi's mail-in ballot process.

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Kellie Smith
"Looking at the Youth Vote"

RT: 5:26

Bio Notes: My name is Kellie Smith, and I am a senior at the University of Mississippi, majoring in English and rhetoric with an emphasis in editing, writing, and publishing. I am from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi!


In this episode of Oxford to the Ballot Box, I explore the voting restrictions that college students face on a national, state, and local level.


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Maddy Robbis


Kellie Smith

Allison Clayton
“The Lasting History of Voter Disenfranchisement”

RT: 9:11

Bio Notes: My name is Allison Clayton, and I am a senior English and Rhetoric major from the University of Mississippi. Having cultivated a love of writing since arriving in Oxford, I hope to advance into a career in editing or professional writing following graduation.

Did you know that some incarcerated individuals cannot vote after leaving prison? In this podcast, I examine the history and current use of disenfranchisement in Mississippi to explain how it affects our residents.

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Allison clayton

Abigail Sipe

"The Youth Vote"
RT: 8:19

Bio Notes:  Abigail Sipe is a senior at Ole Miss, graduating with a degree in English with a minor in professional writing in May of 2022. During college, the Oxford writing scene has pushed her towards more and more projects, including prose, poetry, and now, podcasts! After graduating, she hopes to move on to graduate school, with the hopes of becoming a writing professor in the years to come.


In this episode, I will discuss voting issues that occur in my home state of Mississippi. Today, I’m talking about how important the Youth Vote really is, even though the Mississippi Secretary of State dismissed it. If you want to hear about how the Youth Vote is changing our country, this podcast is for you.

Additional resource: U M Voting Ambassadors

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Abigail sipe

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