I currently serve as an elected Senator of the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM). It is the role of every senator to be an advocate for the students of this campus and that is why I am writing today.
The Missoula County Commission recently held a hearing on whether to strip students and young people of two of their polling places (see "Polling places predicament," Dec. 10, 2009). Under County Clerk & Recorder Vickie Zeier's plan we would lose voting locations at the downtown courthouse and on campus at the University Center.
I just do not understand why a public official whose job it is to run elections would actively work to make voting harder for students. In each of these situations the new polling locations would be over a mile away, which is quite a distance if you do not have a car on a cold November Election Day. What a horrible message to send to students.