With elections less than a month away, a student group on campus hopes to boost voter turnout among West Virginia University studentsjust in time for campaign season.

Sen. Mike Oliverio and the University Friends of Oliverio will hold a voter registration drive on the sidewalk area across from the Mountainlair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 22. The group will help students fill out voter registration applications and talk to them about student issues and concerns such as future job opportunities, safe housing and higher education.

“WVU students spend nearly nine months or more of the year in Morgantown and a lot of the decisions that are made affect their lives hereeven more so than they might in their hometowns,”organizers say.

Voting registration closes April 2420 days prior to the upcoming primary election on May 14.

April 24 is also the last day students will be able to mail voter registration applications. Applications can be found at the Monongalia County Clerks office or are available on the web at: http://www.wvsos.com/forms/elections/wvvoterregistration.pdf

In order to register and vote in the primary, students should have valid identification and be at least 18 by May 14.

http://www.wvsos.com/forms/elections/wvvoterregistration.pdf “We want to encourage students to vote,”said Christie Shaffer, student co- founder of the group.”Its a good idea to have voter registration on campus where its most convenient for students.”

The University Friends of Oliverio is a WVU student organization founded in the fall of 2001. The club has 30 members from both in and out of state, including Virginia, Tennessee and New Jersey.