UNM community urges students to vote
Daily Lobo, Gabriel Saiz:
An online civic engagement event hosted by the New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) will start at 5 p.m. the same day.
The event will double as a lecture series and voter registration drive. Several professionals and students involved in civics, including ASUNM President Mia Amin, will speak about the importance of youth civic engagement and common concerns students have concerning voting, like how to get registered.
UNM junior and NMPIRG campus relations coordinator Andrew Schumann said he wants the event to help “educate and inspire students” to register and engage in politics.
“Young people definitely have the ability to make a huge impact,” Schumann said.
According to an ASUNM resolution introduced on Sept. 16, Generation Z — people from the ages of 18 to 23 — are “projected to comprise one-in-ten eligible voters, up 4% in 2016.”
ASUNM Resolution #4F — introduced by Senators Emma Hotz, Reina Harper and Ryan Regalado, with ASUNM Governmental Affairs and the UNM College Democrats and Republicans — encourages students to vote by mail and sign up as poll workers.
Liam Paul, a UNM sophomore and vice president of the UNM College Democrats, said there is “so much more to it than just voting for president,” referring to down-ballot races — Congressional seats and state and local offices — that often most directly affect voters.
“We’re giving away our right to self-governance by not participating in our democracy,” Paul said.
Out-of-state students can choose to vote in either their official state of residence or the state of their school. Campus Vote Project and Rock the Vote provide state-specific voting information.
The deadline to register to vote in New Mexico is Tuesday, Oct. 6 and the last day to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 20, both of which can be done on the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website.
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