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NMSU student government is holding elections

The Associated Students of New Mexico State University will be electing next year's leaders through April 9. Voting polls will close at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9. Polls may be accessed 24 hours a day at https://accounts.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/vote.pl

ASNMSU Chief Elections Officer Jason Wolfe said one of the main goals of this election is a high student turnout.

"This election is about students deciding for themselves who they want to deal with their money, that's the basics," Wolfe said.

Wolfe said ASNMSU representatives play a strong role in determining where student government funds will be spent.

There are 20 students running for positions in the student government. Candidates for president are Glen Kai Cheng and Marisa Ortega. Candidates for vice president are Sarah Balizan, Travis Dulany and Phillip Trujillo.

The student senate has 15 students vying for open positions. Five senatorial candidates are students in the College of Arts and Sciences; two are from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics; two are from the College of Business; two from the College of Education; one from the College of Engineering; and four students are from the Graduate College. There also is an open seat in the College of Health and Social Services to be determined by special election next week.

Emily Maher, ASNMSU deputy elections officer, said it is important that students become more aware of the elections.

"It's important that students show somewhat of an interest," Maher said. "I don't think many of them are aware, and this election affects how our money is spent."

Preliminary election results will be available at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 9. Certification of election votes will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at an ASNMSU Elections Board meeting.