UI student government pushes back on proposal eliminating on campus voting
The University of Iowa Student Government and the Graduate and Professional Student Government plan to voice their concerns at the state capital about a bill that would eliminate satellite voting in state-owned buildings including the Iowa Memorial Union and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Jocelyn Roof is the UISG chair of the Governmental Relations Committee; she tells the Daily Iowan that they’re sending members from both groups to lobby at the Capitol this week. She says students spend a lot of time on campus and don’t always have time to go to their normal polling location. Governmental Relations Director Connor Wooff says they push students to vote early and the satellite locations are crucial to give students the chance to make their voice heard.
The bill also would take students off the statewide voter-registration system if they indicate they plan to leave the state after graduation. Wooff tells the DI it’s already hard enough to get people to register to vote without forcing them to have to reregister if they decide to stay in Iowa.