More than 150 vote in union

Eastern students came to the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union to cast their votes in the 2010 midterm elections on Tuesday.

The people in charge of the polling area in the union helped students submit their votes.

The polls at the union showed halfway through Tuesday’s election hours that more than 150 students had voted.

Some students leaving the polls on Tuesday felt their vote was going to make an impact.

Other students believed that the issues from the 2008 election are the same for the 2010 election.

Colin Rook, a freshman special education major, had the same view.

“This was my first time voting, so I did all I could to research all the candidates and gain the most information I could on all the topics,” Rook said. “I felt ready and definitely feel that my vote will make a difference.”

Students varied in what they believed were the big issues in this year’s midterm election.

Some students felt the main issues revolved around the economy and jobs.

Some felt that safety was a big issue, and others felt health care was the important issue.

Sarah Harcharik, a senior public relations major, felt there was one specific issue for the state of Illinois.

“I feel that Illinois is in a deep hole and we need a new change in direction to get us out of the hole,” said Harcharik. “I feel that the senate race is more important than the governor’s race because I believe the senator can get more done and that the governor’s position is just a face and that the governor’s position is just a joke.”

The process of casting the ballot went smoothly as students had no trouble reading the ballot or submitting the ballot.

There were some cases when the ballot box did not accept a submitted ballot on the first try, but did once some corrections were made. Students like Aston Temby, a senior English major, believe that the voting process should be changed.

“The voting process for me was extremely easy, the people were very friendly and helpful to explain what we had to do,” said Temby. “I do believe that electronic voting should replace the current process because electronic voting is more simple and easier to understand.”

Steven Puschmann can be reached at 581-7942 or

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