|Ashley Garces, a freshman majoring in education, and David Garza, a junior majoring in marketing register to vote at the rally at UTPA on Oct. 1.|
According to Delma Olivarez, associate director of the Student Union, about 170 students registered to vote at the Student Union since Sept. 29 and University professors and students volunteered to help register voters on campus. Edna Zambrano, director of the Student Union, said that the Register to Vote Rally was intended to remind students to register to vote before Oct. 6 in order to vote on Nov. 4.
|Pictured left to right are State Representative Veronica Gonzales, District 41; UTPA Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Dr. John Edwards; and Justice Dori Contreras Garza, 13th Court of Appeals, at the UTPA Rock the Vote Rally.|
Candidates whom attended the Rock the Vote rally included Sam Houston for Supreme Court of Texas, Place 7; Justice Dori Contreras Garza, 13th Court of Appeals; State Representative Veronica Gonzales, District 41; Justice Linda Yañez, Texas Supreme Court, Place 8; Judge Danny Rios, 449th District Court; and representatives for Rick Noriega, U.S. Senate. According to the Hidalgo County Elections Office 49,370 residents have voted early as of Oct. 27, and 2,311 of the votes were placed at the UTPA library.
|Student Union Director Edna Zambrano registers Jeanette Gonzalez, a junior majoring in English, and Viviana Sanchez, a sophomore majoring in marketing, to vote at one of the rallies held at UTPA this month to encourage civic engagement.|
Garza said she likes that the UTPA Student Union attracted students to vote and gave her the opportunity to meet with them. She said that as a candidate it is difficult to speak to many people in one setting, and the Rock the Vote Rally gave her that opportunity.
“Always stay informed. Now with the Internet it’s so much easier to get information on all the candidates that are running for the different offices, what the different offices are and what they do, so there really is not a real good excuse for not being informed and not participating, and it’s just important as a citizen of this country that we participate in this privilege that has been given to us to elect our leaders,” Garza said.