Centre students will vote much closer to campus

September 27, 2004

Casting a vote in the 2004 presidential election just got easier for Centre College students.

To increase voter turnout among the student body, Beau Weston, associate professor of sociology, with the help of students, led a charge to change Centre's voter precinct.

The new precinct for students will be at The Presbyterian Church of Danville, 500 W. Main St. - a quick walk from campus.

This will make it much more convenient for students to take part in the political process. Voting for the presidential election is Nov. 2.


With this in mind, Centre students should be more apt to take a few minutes between classes and activities to vote, Weston says.

A couple of years ago, whether Centre students lived in Yerkes or Breckenridge halls determined if they voted at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church or Boyle County High School, making voting confusing and a much farther trip from campus.

The county clerk recently combined Centre's campus into one precinct, allowing all students to vote at the same place.

"Changing the voter precinct will make it more convenient for some people to vote, plus it just reminds people to go out and do it," says Ayumi Deeny, a freshman from Fort Collins, Colo.

Weston and the students have promoted the new voting location through postcards and fliers.

Weston is working with Centre Democrats and Republicans to get students registered to vote. The goal is to have 100 percent voter turnout among Centre students.

"I became involved with this project because I want all students to have a voice in the upcoming election, be it Republican, Democratic or Independent," says senior Rebecca Tollefson, an international studies major from Gaithersburg, Md.

"My main concern is simply getting students out to vote for issues that will figure directly into their lives, especially post-graduation. Hopefully, inspiring students to vote will encourage them to familiarize themselves with the issues and make a difference come Nov. 2, no matter what their political ideology might be."

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