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Polls open early to inspire student voting

April 10, 1997

By Lori Lenarduzzi

Lariat Reporter

Early voting for student elections is scheduled for Wednesday in five locations around campus.

Polls will be open at 8 a.m in the Hankamer School of Business; 9 a.m. in the Bill Daniel Student Center; and 11 a.m. in the lobbies of all three cafeterias. Students can vote at each location until 6 p.m.

'My goal and the goal of the electoral commission is to get 30 percent of the student body to vote,' said Kirsten Hancock, an Abilene senior and electoral commissioner for student government. 'I think we can reach and even surpass this goal.'

Hancock said the electoral commission hoped that setting up polls for early voting would encourage more students can vote.

'We want to make voting as convenient as possible for students,' Hancock said.

In the Diadeloso election last year, 14 percent of the student body voted, according to Christy Rome, a Stafford sophomore and public relations chairwoman for Student Congress.

'We have one of the highest turnout rates in the Big 12 for student voting,' Rome said. 'The University of Texas and A&M usually only have five to six percent of student votes.'

Some students are planning to take advantage of early voting so that they can spend all day enjoying the festivities at Diadeloso.

'I think early voting is a great idea because it will give me more of a chance to think about who I am going to vote for,' Caleb Mitchell, a Borger freshman, said. 'That way I won't have to stop and vote in the middle of all the fun at Diadeloso.'

Danielle Bookter, a San Angelo senior, said she thought having the polls set up on Wednesday would catch the eye of students who happened to walk by these high-traffic areas.

'I think more students will vote early because it will be more convenient for them,' Bookter said.

Though early voting will take place on Wednesday, the Electoral Commission will still have a table set up for students to cast their votes at Diadeloso.

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