:: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 ::
Empowering The Voters
The State of Illinois has cut the blackout period for voter registration in half, from 28 to 14 days before the election. This is great - more people can be registered, since many citizens don't think about elections until very late. There's a catch, though - it has to be in person at the County Clerk's office and those who register in the "grace period" have to vote at a special polling place or by mail. While I support extending the deadline, why not actually do it in a way that'll enfranchise more people and allow normal registrations in the two-week grace period.
I'll also be very upset if one of these "special grace period voting sites" isn't on campus - Shelden's people were spreading disinformation about provisional voting last Novemeber at on-campus polling places, I wouldn't put it past him to do other things to disenfranchise students.
However, Shelden does make a good point in the News-Gazette article, that it's much better to register before the original deadline. Voting normally is to be preferred.
Note: Sheldon, Shelden, who cares?
:: The Squire 2:04 PM :: email this post :: ::