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Address confusion for USF student voters



TAMPA -- Many USF students are unaware they can vote today with an absentee ballot.  At least one was told by a poll worker that he couldn't vote, but after a lawyer's intervention, cast an absentee ballot.

Tristan Foley, 26, who is in town with a nonpartisan get-out-the-student-vote group, contacted Election Protection representatives when a poll worker turned him away. A lawyer remedied the issue, and Foley voted absentee, but Foley said he isn't the only person on campus running into problems.

He has spoken at three lecture halls today, and five to 10 students in each class thought they wouldn't be able to vote away from home. "Now they realize they can."

The wait for the one polling place on campus is now about two and a half hours. Foley said he has heard there are only five voting stations inside. There are nearly 40,000 students at USF.

Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]


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