21-only Bar Vote Gets Off to Slow Start in the Dorms
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Students aren’t exactly flocking to the polls to overturn the 21-only ordinance in Iowa City. Tuesday marked the second day of on-campus satellite voting, and if it was anything like Monday, the race could be a landslide win for supporters of the law.
Early numbers from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office show that voters at Burge Hall seemed more enthused the last time the law was challenged. During the 2010 election 1,343 people voted on the first day of satellite voting at Burge Hall. Monday 557 people voted at that dorm.
Overturning the law will hinge greatly on student turnout. Many students are expected to cast votes at satellite locations well before the November election.
“Many younger students don’t know any different,” said UI political science professor Tim Hagle. “There’s not a sudden change they’re upset about.”
Several employees at local downtown bars walked the area along Clinton Street near the dorm handing out fliers encouraging students to vote.
“They are aware of the election laws and we’ve had no complaints,” said Travis Weipert, Johnson County auditor. Weipert said people handing out political material are required to stay a certain length from the polling place, although the fliers only encouraged voting and didn’t pick a side.
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