Mariachis, County Commissioner to kick off early voting on Tuesday

For the first time, OLLU will serve as an early voting site. Early voting begins in the Library Community Room at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. But before the first ballot is cast, OLLU will mark its selection as an early-voting site with a celebration that includes music, prayer, speeches and a ribbon cutting.

OLLU student mariachis will perform around 7:30 a.m. on the front steps of the Sueltenfuss Library. Student Government Association President Nora Anda will welcome distinguished guests and offer a prayer. Precinct 2 County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez and District 4 City Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, PhD, an OLLU marketing professor, will offer remarks about early voting. 

Just before 8 a.m., George Williams, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs, will lead student voters to the door of the Library Community Room for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Dr. Williams; Councilwoman Garcia; Commissioner Rodriguez; Leda Barnett, PhD, Professor and Program Head of Political Science; and student leaders will cut the ribbon and doors to the voting location will open.

OLLU students, faculty, staff and residents may vote in the Library Community until 6 p.m. Early voting will continue through Oct. 30. 

“Voting early is better because it is way less crowded and it is safer and easier,” Dr. Barnett said. “Lines can be very long on Election Day.”

Early voters should enter the Library Community Room through the door adjacent to the parking lot.