ISU hopes for more student involvement in vote

Jessica Smith Staff Writer

Elections are coming up in McLean County: the spring primary is in less than three months. McLean County Clerk’s office is looking for a boost in attendance at the Illinois State University polls, which don’t usually see much of a turnout.

County clerk Kathy Michael commented that sometimes the turnout is not worth the cost. One year, she said, only three students showed up to vote, which caused the cost —10 judges paid $145 each to conduct the elections — to outweigh the benefits.

In the last equivalent primary election in 2010, the combined precincts of Normal 8 and Normal 30 saw a nine percent turnout with just 35 voters hitting the poll.

Michael urges students to register to vote and inform themselves about local elections and politicians, not just national players.

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