Voting machines return to campus

SUNY Oswego students will be able to vote on campus again come Election Day on Nov. 2.

The Hewitt Union polling place, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day, will serve students with on-campus addresses. After students protested when an on-campus location was unavailable last year, local election officials worked with them to restore this option.

Students unsure where they are supposed to vote, whether their names are on the local rolls or what identification they should bring may call the Oswego County Board of Elections at 349-8357 or 349-8351.

The election will mark the culmination of weeks of political-awareness activities on the SUNY Oswego campus, coordinated by student organizations as well as members of the college’s American Democracy Project steering committee. The American Democracy Project aims to increase civic engagement and public service on college campuses.

A pair of issue-awareness activities, both of which are open to campus and community members, will take place before Election Day.

SUNY Oswego student organizations NYPIRG, the Social Justice Club and the Student Association will sponsor a mock presidential debate, featuring student representatives of six presidential candidates, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Room 103 of Lanigan Hall.

NYPIRG will sponsor “Turn the TV Off, Turn Democracy On,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Coffee Connection on Water Street in Oswego, which will provide information on candidates for president, U.S. senator, State Supreme Court justice and Congressional representatives.

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(Posted: Oct 20, 2004)