Election Blog: Few SMU Students Riding Shuttle to Polls

November 4, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Laura Noble, 1:40 p.m.

Only a few SMU students turned out this morning for shuttle service from campus to nearby polls.

The Students for a Better Society’s “Party at the Polls” tent and shuttle service got off to a slow start as students’ class schedules and confusion about absentee voting blocked potential voters from heading to the polls.

“Being a private university and having such a diverse student body, there’s unfortunately a lot of confusion about how the absentee voting system works,” said April Zinober, an SMU freshman and member of Students for a Better Society.

Junior Ryan Moore said the group expects a better turnout later this afternoon as more students finish class for the day.

Among the few taking advantage of the shuttle service this morning was first-time voter and SMU senior Roushy Partovi. After a short van ride to Highland Park Middle School and no-line wait to vote Partovi said: “That felt good, and was easier than I anticipated.”

But ask her which way she voted, and her lips are sealed.

Politics Blog: No Reason Not to Vote

September 30, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Donnie Wyar

If you want a chance to weigh in on what many are calling the most important election in our lifetime, the deadline to register for the Nov. 4 election is Monday, Oct. 6.

Sponsored by Students for a Better Society and Democracy Matters, voter registration cards will be available for students throughout this week at the Mane Desk on the main floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. If you haven’t registered yet, stop by anytime Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to midnight or Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. No postage required.

Early voting is Oct. 20 – 31. You must vote in your precinct on election day, but during early voting you can vote at any location. If you forget your voter registration card, you can use a valid identification to vote.

For first-time voters with questions on how to get started or what to do once you’re registered, check out this site for more information.