No early voting on campus for USU students

Students voting in the current city elections will not enjoy the ease of last year’s early-voting booths in the Taggart Student Center’s Juniper Lounge. No early voting will be held anywhere on campus and come Nov. 3, the Lundstrom Center will be the only on-campus voting location, serving only its specific precincts, Cache County Clerk Jill Zollinger said.Steve Stokes, a candidate in this year’s Logan City Council race, is somewhat disappointed with the county’s decision to remove early voting from campus and said the nature of this year’s election presents a bigger draw for students. Recent legislation regarding parking around Logan, renters and budgetary concerns, Stokes said, involves university faculty and students who could potentially be deterred from casting their vote for not knowing where to go.”A lot fewer people will go down and vote,” Stokes said.City Recorder Teresa Harris said the matter simply comes down to cost. Each voting location requires paid judges and Harris said the historically low turnout of student voters doesn’t justify the spending for an on-campus site.Associated Students of Utah State University Executive Vice President Spencer Lee said one factor that contributed to early voting on campus for last year’s general election was a nationwide push to increase the turnout of young voters. Federal and state money was given to the county, Lee said, specifically with the intent to promote voting among university students. Registration and early voting was available on campus, allowing students to vote in the TSC regardless of precinct. But this year it will not be available.”Right now a student has to be aware of where they can vote,” Lee said.Lee said students who frequently change residence often have trouble locating their designated precinct.

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