The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM) has released applications for Fall 2019 Senate Elections, which are due Oct. 21 by 5 p.m. in the ASUNM Office.

For the Fall 2019 Senatorial Election, there will be 10 positions available on the ballot. ASUNM Senators serve a vital role on campus as a voice for undergraduate students to administrators on campus.

Senate Duties include going to weekly senate meetings, holding office hours, and representing their assigned Student Service Agencies and student organizations. Weekly senate meetings alternate between assigned committee meetings and full senate meetings.

Senators are divided into three different committees—the Steering and Rules Committee, Outreach and Appointment Committee and Finance Committee. The Steering and Rules Committee is dedicated to approving the structure of legislation before it goes to the full senate. The Outreach and Appointment Committee is dedicated to approving ASUNM appointments and creating events and activities to reach out to the undergraduate student body. The Finance Committee is dedicated to allocating money through appropriations to student organizations and student service agencies.

Each committee has its own business respective to their committee which needs to pass their committee before being sent to full senate. At full senate, all senators approve the business that was decided on at committee meetings.

“I think if you want to see a change on campus, then it is your duty to run for Senate so you can be a part of the solution,” says Todd Moe, Elections Commission executive director.

All candidates for the office of Senator must be an undergraduate student carrying at least six credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and not be on any type of University probation. The only exception to having a 2.5 cumulative GPA is if the student does not have a GPA due to newly entering the University.

Senate application packets are due Oct. 21 by 5 p.m. in the ASUNM Office located in the Student Union Building Room 1016. Packets must be submitted in person. ASUNM will not accept any late applications.

The ASUNM Election Packet is available at the ASUNM Website or in the ASUNM Office located in the SUB Room 1016.