That’s right and it’s no misspelling; South Texas College Division Dean of Business and Technology Mario Reyna is asking students to ACCT NOW. As a new appointee to the board for the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT), Reyna is hoping to do his part to encourage more college-aged students to act on their right to vote.
“Part of the alliance’s strategy is to get the ‘ACCT NOW’ slogan out there as part of its campaign to encourage the youth vote and I am excited to participate on the board, developing strategies that will get our STC students to exercise their voice in our democracy,” Reyna said.
Retired from a two decade career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Reyna understands the importance of voting.
“As a veteran, I am proud to participate in this initiative; that’s why I chose to serve my country, to ensure we all have access to the same rights and opportunities. Voting is not just an important privilege, but an obligation of all citizens,” he explained.
AACT was established to unite community organizations, hospitals, businesses, universities and financial institutions, as well as various state and national partnerships to cultivate voter empowerment in South Texas. The group’s mission is to educate, engage and empower the community by providing a networking of support to successfully mobilize voters across the county, region and state.
“With several important regional, state and national races ahead this fall, it’s more important than ever that we help our Valley youth to register to vote, learn about the candidates and issues to form their own opinions and, most importantly, act by going to the polls and casting their votes,” he concluded. “It’s a pivotal time in our nation’s history; we all have a chance to impact our future and act now before it’s too late.”
For additional information about the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas visit http://aactnow.org/.