By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer
The new Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE) at Eastern New Mexico University has two goals: Get young people informed and get them to the polls.
The young vote is expected to play a more-critical-than-ever role in this November’s presidential election, and so SAVE, a nationally-affiliated, non-partisan group, is wasting no time trying to get students educated about candidates, their issues and platforms, in an all-out effort to get them to vote.
SAVE will hold its first official meeting at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Laguna Room in the Campus Union Building at ENMU.
“This is going to be a historic election. Young voters will have a huge influence and so we are trying to remove any barriers and help get them registered to vote,” said Steve Estock, director of Housing and Residence Life at ENMU.
Kate Harbuck, one of the student organizers of SAVE, said, “We are even willing to give them rides, to provide transportation to them so they can vote.”
A surge in young voters at the polls this November is expected for several reasons. For one, candidates such as Democratic candidate hopeful, Barack Obama, are appealing to youth, making other candidates, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton and