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TASK FORCE

The Task Force for New Mexico Youth & Government is an opportunity for delegates to investigate a complex issue and make a recommendation to their Youth Government leading into the annual conference.

Any Youth & Government delegate may participate in the task force OR any New Mexico 8th grade student who wishes to explore Youth & Government. This opportunity is recommended for 8th graders, freshman, first year students, and/or students who seek more support and guidance in selecting a branch for the annual state conference. The Task Force will conclude before the start of the state conference, and participants will select another branch to participate during conference (except 8th graders – 8th grade Advisors may contact the State Director to discuss opportunities for 1 day Pages at the State Conference). 

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Student Leaders: State Auditor, Commissioner of Public Lands, and State Treasurer, as elected by the delegates of the New Mexico Youth & Government program.
 

Timeline: The task force will commence in November/December and conclude at the annual spring training event (March). The results of the task force will be presented at Training. If any legislative action is recommended by the task force, the resulting bill will be introduced during the State Conference by the student leaders or designated task force members.
 

The task force will require students to fill roles such as:

  • Researchers who will review public record, litigation, academic study, or other sources for evidence regarding the issue at hand.

  • Investigators who will interview subject matter experts and/or members of the public regarding the issue at hand.

  • Lead Debaters who will organize the arguments and present from multiple sides of the issue (depending on the issue, could be 2 or more perspectives).

  • Drafters who will write the recommendation of the task force and draft any recommended legislation.

  • Media Representatives who will report on the task force issue, activities, findings, and outcomes.

2022-2023 Task Force | Description of Issue

            Voter turnout of young adults (age 18-24) continues to be the lowest of any age group. While information accessibility and digital literacy continuously increases making election information more accessible, turnout remains low. The Secretary of State’s office is seeking solutions to increase civic participation through youth voter outreach and education. As a result, the Governor has convened a task force to investigate solutions to increase youth voter outreach.  

2022-2023 Task Force Dates

  1. Kickoff: Friday, December 16, 2022 at 5 pm

  2. Research Sharing Meeting: Friday, January 13, 2023 at 5 pm

  3. Research/Investigation Meeting: Friday January 27, 2023 at 5 pm

  4. Debate Meeting: Friday, February 10, 2023 at 5 pm

  5. Drafting/Presentation Meeting: Friday, February 24, 2023 at 5 pm