UU Student Newspaper to Host Mock Presidential Election

URBANA, Ohio (October 8, 2012) - The Urbana University student newspaper, the Lancer, is hosting a Mock Presidential Election Oct. 9, 10, and 11.

Amy Rogan, assistant professor of communication, advises the student newspaper. “This is just for the presidential race. We wanted to ‘take the temperature’ of students on campus. The ‘young voter’ is an important part of this year's election,” said Rogan.

A recent study released from the Pew Research Center shows that young voters are “significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008,” according to http://pewresearch.org/. Dropping interest among young voters may be a negative sign for President Barack Obama. “In the latest Pew Research Center survey conducted Sept. 12-16, registered voters under 30 favored Obama over Romney by 59 percent to 33 percent, and that margin has held relatively steady over the course of the year.”

“We felt targeting just the presidential race will provide some interesting information about what UU student voters are thinking,” said Rogan.

The plan is to use a very simple paper ballot. Workers will have a list of students and voters will have to show a student I.D. to ensure one vote per person.

The Lancer started an election series in January in an effort to raise awareness on campus of the major political issues facing the next generation. “The Mock Election was the logical step in the paper’s effort,” said Rogan.

The results will be published in the Oct. 25 issue of the Lancer.

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