Student activists attempt to reach voters on Quad

State House candidate Frank Calabrese, left, chats with Mark Mallon, right, senior in LAS. Mallon was campaigning for the Green Party while Calabrese was drumming up some last-minute support for his bid for the 103rd District. Brennan Caughron

State House candidate Frank Calabrese, left, chats with Mark Mallon, right, senior in LAS. Mallon was campaigning for the Green Party while Calabrese was drumming up some last-minute support for his bid for the 103rd District. Brennan Caughron

By Hannah Hess

In an effort to draw student voters from the bustle of the Quad, students have stationed themselves in the sunshine outside of the Illini Union.

The College Democrats set up a booth at 5:30 a.m. and plan to stay outside until the polls close, said club treasurer, Ryan James, a senior in LAS.

“People from the club are handing out fliers and there are people stationed all over campus giving out literature,” James Said.

Matt Strong, a senior in LAS, was also electioneering for the Obama’s party in front of the union.

“It’s really important for students to pay attention to the election. It will have a great effect on their day-to-day lives,” said Strong, who represented the County Democrats.

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    Green Party supporter Mark Mallon, set up a booth adjacent to the College Democrats and focused on informing students about residential issues.

    “A lot of students might not know much about the local election but it does effect them,” said Mallon, a senior in LAS. “My purpose is to help them know more about what’s going on locally.”