14524989_1137785772925953_1464643122483168718_oUnder a new law, communities in Massachusetts for the first time ever are required to let residents vote early during a 10-day window prior to Election Day on November 8th. The city of Lowell has selected a number of locations where residents may vote early, including UTEC.

In partnership with the City of Lowell and the Lowell Elections office, UTEC is proud to host early voting from 4-8 pm on Wednesday November 2nd at our center in downtown Lowell. All registered voters who live in Lowell are welcome to come and cast their ballots. In addition, at UTEC it is hoped that many of its youth will choose to vote there while bringing family members along as well.

The city of Lowell will be offering a number of different locations for all those who wish to vote early. During this early voting period, from Oct. 24th to Nov. 4th, one can vote during the week days at Lowell City Hall (375 Merrimack St.) from 8 am to 5 pm, while each evening (from 4 pm to 8 pm) there is a specific location, such as Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA) or the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA). For a complete listing of all early voting locations and hours in Lowell, click here.

UTEC is an ideal spot for early voting because the organization has always put an emphasis on the importance of voting, voter education, and general civic engagement. In 2003 UTEC held its first of many city-wide, youth-led Candidates’ Night, in which all local candidates are invited to partiimagecipate in a public forum addressing the various questions and concerns of UTEC’s youth. And since then UTEC’s focus on civic education and engagement has only grown.

The most recent example of this ongoing engagement is UTEC’s current #UTECvotes campaign, which includes a new “Voter Education Series” designed for its youth and intentionally integrated into their program schedule. This series features interactive workshops throughout the month of October on how the political system works, who the candidates are, and what they actually do in office — with the design that, come election day, all of our youth (as well as all staff) will be thoroughly informed.

At UTEC, we believe in the importance of being properly informed and, of course, in voting!

Or, to put it more eloquently, as Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

 

 

 

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Source: Lowell Sun