Low turnout observed at Campustown polling places

By Kate Szyszka

In Tuesday’s election, polling places on campus received little traffic.

Some people considered this a poor reflection of University student’s political knowledge.

“A lot of people live in six pack,” said Jeremy Mandell, freshman in ACES. “The fact that not many people are voting is kind of pathetic.”

Urbana resident, Debbie Rugg agreed that more students should vote.

“I think local elections are really important,” Ragg said. “I wish more people would care about municipality.”

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Other students do not see it as their duty to vote in city elections.

“From what they [election judges] told me, I was the ninth or tenth voter,” said Patrick Simmons, a first year graduate student at Daniel’s Hall. “That was shocking. I think most students on campus aren’t interested in politics in Champaign- Urbana. They think they’ll only be here four years. Most students who vote are permanent residents.”

One issue of concern to students at polling places was the one percent tax increase referendum.

“I’m really voting for one reason- to not raise the sales tax,” said Kyle Rak, senior in ACES. “I believe that money mainly is for public school funding and I’m not benefiting from that so I don’t feel i should pay extra.”