Vote Evanston early voting initiative fails to attract students

Cat Zakrzewski, Campus Editor

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Vote Evanston’s effort to drive students to the polls early in the upcoming city election fell short Wednesday.

Throughout the week leading up to the April 9 election, Vote Evanston, a non-partisan initiative to encourage student voting, will lead walks from campus buildings to the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Associated Student Government off-campus senator Alex Deitchman was left waiting at the South Mid-Quads on Wednesday afternoon when no students showed up for the walk.

The Weinberg junior attributed the lack of attendance to students’ busy schedules during the middle of the week and said attendance would likely pick up Friday when students have more time. He also noted a lot of students prefer to vote on the day of the election.

“It feels more legit, I guess,” Deitchman said. “But you don’t have to wait in line if you vote early.”

The Vote Evanston walk is not the only early voting initiative that has fizzled. First Ward hopeful Ed Tivador voted early March 30, but fewer than 10 supporters joined him.

Overall, however, relatively large numbers of voters are turning out to the early polls. Nearly 90 people voted early at the civic center Wednesday alone, according to the Cook County clerk.

Deitchman said the walks to the Civic Center are just one of the ways the group is encouraging student voting. Vote Evanston will distribute free pizza, likely at The Arch, for any student with a voting sticker on Election Day Tuesday. He said they have also registered about two hundred students to vote in Evanston.

“We’re just trying to make voting a no-brainer,” Deitchman said. “But sometimes, it’s like herding cats.”

Clarification: A previous version of this article stated that NU Votes sponsored the early voting walks. Vote Evanston organizes these.