Few turn out to vote on campus
November 6, 2007 9:41 PM
This Election Day, voter turnout was low at the SF State campus polling station at the Towers Conference Center, and is expected to be low throughout San Francisco.
Over 30 people turned out through the day. The few people that did turn out were voting for issues important to them.
Max McCumber, 21, was voting to approve Proposition A, a measure to give the Municipal Transportation Authority to increase their revenue, while voting against the measure’s rival, Proposition H.
McCumber also voted for Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“There isn’t anyone else who’s qualified,” said McCumber, an urban studies major.
Chris Samperisi, 18, also voted for Proposition A over Proposition H, because “there is no reason to have more and more garages downtown,” he said. “Muni does need to be reformed.
Proposition H would increase the minimum number of parking spaces the City must allow developers build in developments and buildings in the downtown area of San Francisco.
Samperisi, a cinema major, also voted for Newsom because Newsom is already the mayor.
One student even turned up to vote, but could not because he was registered in San Diego.
Despite being turned away, Nicholas McCurdy, a music education major, said that it’s important to vote.
“I need to vote,” said McCurdy, 18. “It’s part of the republic.”
Coming by the polling station to pick up an “I voted sticker” after voting for Mayoral candidate Quintin Mecke via absentee ballot, James Sheldon said that he always votes.
“It’s important,” Sheldon, 26, said.
It wasn’t all traditional voters turning up to cast votes. First time voters were there too.
Jasmine LeBlanc, 18, was voting for the first time and voted for Lonnie Holmes for mayor.
“He seems to care about the kids,” LeBlanc, a journalism major, said. “He’s into raising money to help with crime, violence and education.”
LeBlanc said that the propositions were difficult to understand but voted against Proposition J, which would support providing San Francisco with free wireless internet. The proposition is non-binding.
“What’s the point of it?” she said.
LeBlanc said that she was raised with knowledge of what voting means to this country. “I was every excited,” she said.
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