By Madison Friend, Jennifer Johnson and Augustine Kanjia
Tough for you to make it to the polls next Tuesday?
If so, consider taking advantage of early voting. Worcester residents have two more chances to vote early this year, either from 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 3 at Clark University’s Higgins Center, or from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 inside Worcester State University’s May St. Building.
“I just think that it is important for people who are not going to be around, and people who have opinions whose voices would not be heard,” said Shayla Schoeneberger, a junior Communication student from Connecticut who will be casting an absentee ballot in her home state. “Voting early for them is essential.”
“I think [early voting] allows people to do it if they don’t have the time to do it on the election day. I think it is a good thing because less of a line,” said Lou Swinand, a nontraditional WSU student from Shrewsbury. “I think many people should vote if possible. I am very disturbed by these places in other towns and states that are trying to suppress voting by making it very limited, not on weekends. There should be as many opportunities as possible or maybe more telephone voting, Internet voting or mailing voting, to make it as easy as possible.”
According to vote.org, 41 out of 50 states participate in early voting, the times available ranging from 4 to 45 days prior to the election date.
Chief of Police, Michael Nockunas, doesn’t personally advocate early voting, but thinks that any initiative that gives students the opportunity to vote should be taken advantage of. He encourages Worcester State students registered in Worcester to get out and vote early at the May St. building on Friday, Nov. 4 from 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about early voting please reference our information guide “When, Where, and How Do I Vote?”