The Senate District 29 Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), with the support of State Sen. José Rodríguez, launched a nonpartisan voter guide for the May 2017 Uniform Elections today, the first day of early voting.
“Voter turnout in El Paso is well below average for all elections, and even more so for local elections. In fact, in 2015, 10 percent of eligible voters cast ballots,” Sen. Rodríguez said. “If we can educate young adults on the importance of voting, we will increase voter turnout while building the foundation for future civic engagement.”
The goal is to educate members and voters in the community on local election candidates and promote informed voting habits.
The voter guide contains information about mayoral candidates, brief introductions to mayoral, city council, and school board member responsibilities, local issues, and links to voting resources. YAC members brainstormed candidate questions based on the issues that are important to them.
The voter guide is available in a print and PDF format and will be distributed around the community.
The Senate District 29 YAC is an all-inclusive, nonpartisan organization that empowers youth through legislation, education and civic engagement. Past projects of the YAC include the Student Voter Initiative (SVI), a nonpartisan voter education program for high school seniors that has registered over 7,000 students to vote in Senate District 29.
Their next meeting is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th at the District Office of State Senator José Rodríguez at 100 North Ochoa St. Suite A.
Click to download candidate guide pdf