Published: Friday, October 19, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 02:10
With a little more than three weeks until this year’s election, UNC’s Student Senate continues its dedication to bringing voter political awareness to students on campus at 4 p.m. today with live music, free food and prizes.
“Rock the Vote is a campaign that is meant to engage the voice of young adults,” said Becca Hoy, the director of legislative affairs for Senate. “For many young adults, this is the first election that they can vote in.”
Rock the Vote is open to all UNC students, faculty and friends and family of UNC students because this weekend is family and friends weekend. Around 200-300 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
“Rock the Vote provides resources for young adults to register, receive knowledge about each candidate, and, most importantly, exercise their right to vote,” Hoy said. “Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan campaign that does not endorse one side or the other. This works to the advantage of the student population because they can get educated without fearing that they are forced to vote for either candidate.”
Colorado continues to prove to be one of the most highly-contested swing states in this year’s election. With nine electoral votes, both campaigns will look to contest for the state come election night.
Musical acts are scheduled to appear at the event, but the performers have not yet been announced so as to surprise the people who plan on attending.
“Student should come to get politically educated or at the very least to listen to some live music,” Hoy said. “It is not every day that a national campaign with a live performer comes to campus. Students should come to get politically educated, receive resources on how to vote and learn how their voice can make a difference in the nation.”