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4/1/09

Tech students could be deciding factor in alcohol election

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A week from Thursday is the deadline to get registered to vote, if you want to have a say in the alcohol election on May 9th.

After spending some time on Tech's campus, it's safe to say a lot of Red Raiders want their voices heard. "I am for packaged alcohol sales," said Texas Tech student Robert Dumar. 

"It's a real pain to have to drive all the way out to the strip just to get anything," said Texas Tech student Brian Howe.

"We are going to go out there and get it anyway so might as well bring it to us to make it a little safer," said Texas Tech student Scott Thoen. It's virtually impossible to find a Texas Tech student who is not in favor of expanded alcohol sales.

Texas Tech student Robert Stevenson is part of the student group Make Lubbock Wet and is focusing on making sure his fellow classmates are registered to vote in the May 9th election. "Lubbock is the largest city in the nation that doesn't allow packaged alcohol sales, people are forced to drive to the strip and a pay a lot higher prices than they would normally have to if Wal-Mart or a convenience store closer to home would be selling those," said Stevenson. 

The Texas Tech Student Government Association is helping students get registered, but not taking a stance on the issue. "We are here to make sure students know what information is out there and to know where they can get more information and to be registered and have a voice in what's being elected," said SGA Vice President Austin Pennington.   

Other groups in favor of expanded alcohol sales are depending on students to vote early. Since May 9th is the election, most students will be gone for the summer or have graduated. That's why make Lubbock wet's message is so urgent.  "May 9th a lot of students are gone so we are trying to get the word out to get out and register now and vote during early voting," said Stevenson.   

And that urgency is well understood by students.  "I've been registered here for three years, so I have been definitely waiting around for this vote," said one student. 

While it seems like the support is overwhelming Stevenson hopes that support is heard at the polls. "There are a lot of people that think it's going to pass no problem, but I think it's going to be closer than people realize," said Stevenson. 

Early voting starts April 27. 

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