VOTE 2014: Voter Registration Drive Seeks to Encourage Students to Vote

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Guam – VOTE 2014 Volunteer Voter Registrars in conjunction with the University of Guam will be conducting Voter Registration every Wednesday throughout the month of April 2014.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the dedicated faculty and staff at the University of Guam to make sure students know their rights and know the critical role they play in our community’s future,” said Salas. “We can’t wait to see them at the polls in August and in November.”

From strengthening the economy to building safer communities and making education more affordable, today’s youth are fired up and ready to roll up their sleeves to build a stronger GUAM. This year, VOTE 2014 Volunteer Voter Registrars is taking advantage of that energy by helping students to vote for the first time.”

“Students are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming election,” said Salas. “For example, one young woman said, “with our hectic school and personal schedules, this voter drive is convenient and affords me the opportunity to be registered to vote and to make a difference in attaining a better quality of life for our community”.

Young people are an increasingly influential part of the electorate. In 2012, Guamanians under 30 represented nearly a quarter of the overall GUAM electorate, yet nearly half still did not vote. Exit polling has shown that young people participate in significantly larger numbers when they are directly contacted by an organization or have the opportunity to interact with candidates for office.

“From the governor all the way down to our school boards, our elected officials have incredible influence over the issues and policies that affect our families and communities most. Election Day is our chance to weigh in and take control over what is most important to us,” said Salas.

For more information about registering to vote or getting involved in VOTE 2014 work, you may contact Carlos Salas at: (671) 788-8516 (email: man.hoben671@gmail.com) or Anthony Damian Quenga at: (671) 486-2016.