UTPB Men's Bas­ket­ball joins cam­pus com­mu­nity in fi­nal­iz­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion

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UT Per­mian Basin Men’s Bas­ket­ball did their part in hav­ing their voices heard by fin­ish­ing their voter reg­is­tra­tion paper work. The Fal­cons fin­ished reg­is­ter­ing as part of a larger event on cam­pus to get stu­dents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter or get more in­for­ma­tion on voter reg­is­tra­tion.

“It makes me proud to give them the op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter to vote and give them the op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence,” said Head Coach Josh New­man. “We talked in great de­tail to them that we do not care who you vote for we just want them to un­der­stand they have the power to make a dif­fer­ence in what they be­lieve in. We are in a very spe­cial coun­try and we are for­tu­nate enough that we can voice our opin­ion so let’s take ad­van­tage of it. There are peo­ple in other coun­tries that would give ev­ery­thing to have what we have. Let’s not take it for granted, but in­stead take ad­van­tage of it. It was a strug­gle to those be­fore us to give us this op­por­tu­nity and we want to look back in his­tory and value what they went through to give us this op­por­tu­nity to vote. As a bas­ket­ball coach the small­est thing I do is coach bas­ket­ball. Our ul­ti­mate goal is to have these young men be bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves, and to­day I think we took a big step in be­ing a bet­ter young man and to make a dif­fer­ence in our coun­try.”

Ac­cord­ing to the US Cen­sus Bureau

peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18 and 29 turnout to vote in much lower num­bers than other age groups. In 2016, only 40 to 50 per­cent among that group voted.

“It is im­por­tant for younger peo­ple to vote,” said fresh­man swim­mer Abby Plun­kett, who was vol­un­teer­ing to help peo­ple reg­is­ter to vote. “I think a lot of votes come from the older gen­er­a­tions be­cause we don’t think our opin­ion will mat­ter, but I think it re­ally does be­cause our fu­ture mat­ters.”

Vot­ing more than just the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion ev­ery four years. Many younger peo­ple don’t re­al­ize the im­pact vot­ing has on a lo­cal scale.

“Coach New­man al­ways tells us ac­tions over words and vot­ing is ac­tion,” said se­nior Adam Rivera. “We all have a voice and to those who fought for us hav­ing a voice would be a dis­honor. We vote from the mu­nic­i­pal level to the state level too. Do your own re­search, cre­ate your own opin­ion, and vote on it.”

Across the coun­try other in­sti­tu­tions and teams are do­ing their part to reg­is­ter young vot­ers as they try to bridge the gap in the age groups.

“With ev­ery­thing go­ing on right now in so­ci­ety, it’s im­por­tant for us to go out and vote,” said ju­nior Ma­lik Brikat. “Many be­fore us fought for this priv­i­lege that didn’t have this right in their times.”

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