Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Legislators offer ideas to improve election process

Fresh off an election with seemingly little voter interest, state lawmakers are pushing several proposals to increase voter participation and make for a smoother election process.

Matt Van Vossen, president of the Student Government Association at the University of Illinois at Springfield, supports the measures. He said many students choose not to vote because they cannot reach the polling place in time.

“If early voting were to be made available on campuses, student voter turnout would increase,” Van Vossen said.

UIS spokesman Derek Schnapp said students who live on campus can vote at nearby Lincoln Land Community College. He said the school’s student government group offers carpools for students who need rides to polling places.

The article was featured in a February 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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