For election judges at the NIU Rec Center, here’s how Election Day played out yesterday:
From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., 856 people came in to use the Campus Recreation Center. In the same amount of time, 2 people came to vote. By 6 p.m., the total was up to 3 voters and one more person was preparing to be the fourth voter of the night.
The Rec center was the polling place for the DeKalb precincts 2, 7, 9 and 12, the precincts for students who live in the Douglas, Lincoln, Grant and Stevenson Residence Halls. Students who are registered to vote at their home address rather than in the precincts of the residence halls were not able to vote at the Rec Center on Tuesday.
Other students were simply not aware there was an election.
Guess whose precinct had to deliver a ballot box that didn’t rattle at all?
Unsurprisingly, the turnout left us involuntary idlers plenty of time to speculate on the cultural, educational, and other systemic causes of the overall civil disengagement of our younger (and other) voters. Also not surprisingly, I am as opinionated on this subject as any, but for now will chomp on my sock to allow others to fling fodder into the comments for completion of a blueprint for a new and better tomorrow, or perhaps another dandy website poll.