|Voting a snap at Centre
RELEASED: Oct. 28, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCasting a vote in the 2004 presidential election will be a breeze for Centre students.
In an effort to increase voter turnout among the student body, sociology professor Beau Weston and Centre students led a charge recently to change Centre's voter precinct to a more convenient location.
The new precinct for students will be at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, 500 W. Main St. a quick walk from campus.
Centre students should now be more apt to take a few minutes between classes and activities to vote on Nov. 2, Weston says.
Student organizations have held voter registration drives, and the vast majority of Centre students are registered. In 2000, 83 percent of Centre students voted, according to an election day survey. This year, 96.5 percent of Centre students plan to vote according to a survey from last week.
"There's been a certain buzz with the upcoming election," says Rebecca Tollefson, a senior from Gaithersburg, Md., who is president of the Centre Democrats. "Students have been sporting political bumper stickers and pins on their backpacks and have been coming to political events sponsored by the Centre Democrats and Republicans in greater numbers than usual. Centre students are informed and extremely intelligent individuals who can make an impact on the world. One of the easiest ways that can be done is by voting."
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