By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor | Photo By: Stefany Olivas, Managing Editor
The Executive Council of Students and New Mexico Public Interest Research Group have teamed up to encourage students to vote early, said Criminal Justice major and ECOS President Stephen Martos.
Early voting information is available to students until Nov. 3, said PIRG Campus Organizer Marisa Valdez.
“Early voting is convenient and easier because it shortens lines during the voting process,” said Martos.
Valdez said NM PIRG is a nonpartisan organization and the student chapters focus on public issues concerning students, then research the best ways to raise awareness and make changes.
NM PIRG’s Get Out the Vote campaign, which works to increase voting awareness, want sto get 13,000 students to vote early, said Valdez. Group representatives will be available at Main campus north of the Student Services Center with voting information, including early voting locations, every weekday through Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., she said.
Martos said that encouraging students to vote in a nonpartisan way is valuable for student government, NM PIRG and the students, faculty and staff.
“It’s important to know that as students we need to make sure our voices are heard by the appropriate areas of government and not just the college,” said Martos.
He said he encourages everyone to vote because there are topics affect the community. The elections are not only about voting for candidates, but bonds and amendments as well, he said.
“Students need to know that the only way change can occur is if we remain vigilant in expressing ourselves,” he said. Valdez said many students have already volunteered at the booth, including foreign students who cannot vote, but feel that it is an important enough issue to support the elections regardless. In only four days she and the volunteers made contact with more than four hundred students, she said.
“CNM students are awesome, they’re passionate and they’re out there,” she said.
ECOS members are looking forward to working with NM PIRG, said Martos. He said ECOS hopes to inform as many students as possible about the importance of voting.
“This is your chance to be heard and to express yourself. It’s a right given to us since the inception of our country. Don’t be discouraged,” he said.