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Letter to the editor

Senate decision shocks student

December 13, 2007

At our last Student Senate meeting there was a motion to suspend the bylaws in order to pass a motion that would give $700 to a voter registration project targeting River Falls students and attempt to increase student voter turnout. Similar projects in the past have proven extremely effective in achieving this goal. The reason that the bylaws needed to be suspended was due to time constraints.

Senators Josh Breyer, Jason Schultz, Casey Kelly, Aaron Taylor, Melody Reimer, Peter Walbolt and Patricia Fredrickson all voted against the motion, which failed by one vote. As a student and an American that believes that increasing student voter turnout would be a good thing, I was surprised that seven of our elected representatives felt otherwise. I would encourage anyone interested in holding their senators accountable to their actions to 1) ask these student senators why they felt they should not fund voter registration when given the opportunity, and 2) to attend student senate meetings on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the Willow River Room in the third floor of the University Center.

Thomas Friant
Student