Hear from First-Time Voters

Follow six UCA students – Layla Holloway, Gabrielle Harvey, Ron Latina, Samantha Meidell, Jordan Mitchell and Ryan Taneja – voting for the first time in a series of digital shorts on Instagram (@arkansas_pbs) and Facebook (@arkansaspbs). As part of Arkansas PBS’s “You Decide” civics education campaign, producers are following first-time voters from the University of Central Arkansas from the beginning of early voting through post-election reflections for a social media series in conjunction with UCA Vote Everywhere and UCA Student Government Association (SGA).

The series will launch on Instagram (@arkansas_pbs) and Facebook (@arkansaspbs) Oct. 21 and continue through Nov. 13, and be a collection of Instagram stories and IGTV videos, as well as Facebook stories and posts. A “You Decide – First-Time Voter” playlist will also be available at



Meet the Voters

Why is it Important to Vote

How Do You Stay Informed

How do you Encourage Your Friends to Vote

Voting Diary - Ron Latina


Voter Bios

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Gabrielle Harvey

I am a Junior at UCA! I'm from Bismarck, Arkansas, and I am double majoring in Public Administration and Political Science. I am the Chairman of UCA College Republicans as well as the 2nd District Coordinator for the Arkansas Federation of College Republicans.

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Ron Latina

I from the Philippines. I am taking my second degree, political science major and public administration minor, to be my prelaw degree. Next year, I am going to law school. I want to focus on 3 areas cyber laws, corporate laws, and criminal laws.

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Layla Holloway

I am a second semester sophomore studying public administration and sociology. I am the president of Sociology Club here at UCA. I am also on the “The Governor’s Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas.” I am from Van Buren, Arkansas but I was actually born in Conway! I love to help people, hang out with my friends, and ride my bike. I want to be a policy analyst in the future!

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Samantha Meidell

I am from Searcy Arkansas. I’m currently a junior at UCA double major in and public relations and communication. I plan on pursuing a career in the public relations field after graduation. If this year has shown us anything it’s that it is time for change. To speak up for what we believe in and do everything we can to make it happen. I am eager to exercise my right to vote for the first time and use that voice.

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Ryan Taneja

I am a Benton High School graduate and currently a Freshman at the Schedler Honors College. I am seeking a major in Management Information Systems through UCA’s College of Business, while also obtaining a minor in finance and interdisciplinary studies. I am the the Kappa Class Secretary and Philanthropy Chair of Phi Gamma Delta. I am active in my community through multiple organization including the Mini Taneja Purple Initiative, a domestic violence initiative I started and UCA IDEAL, a team that molds a group of high-potential incoming freshmen into the future leaders of UCA.

Jordan Mitchell Photo

Jordan Mitchell

Be a good citizen

Our educators have created toolkits and resources for parents and teachers to help guide and engage children through the civics process during this election year.

Creating opportunities to talk with your child about being a good citizen and the elections process early on helps develop an understanding of how to ask questions, become an educated voter, and learn how to speak to other citizens in productive ways in order to problem solve.

Assemble Toolkits

Our educators have created toolkits and resources for parents and teachers to help guide and engage children through the civics process during this election year. Educator toolkits were created in conjunction with The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and are aligned to standards.

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