BU group hosts Election Day event

For immediate release: Nov. 1, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Democracy Matters is helping students stay informed with an Election Day event on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Kehr Union Hideaway.

The program will start at 9:30 a.m. with an introduction of the event by students involved in Democracy Matters. They will also explain the benefits of “clean elections,” the term used to describe public financing of political campaigns.

Neil Strine, assistant professor of political science, will address the importance of voting in local elections from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The next speaker, Tom Marsillio, is a former judicial candidate for Luzerne County. Marsillio will lecture on public financing and offer his perspective on running a local campaign from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

The final event of the day is a debate between the College Republicans and University Democrats. The debate, from 2 to 3:15 p.m., will focus on public health care, U.S. troop involvement in Iraq, immigration and environmental issues.

The Election Day event aims to explain the importance of being civically engaged and how voting in local and national elections can impact lives. Democracy Matters and other student groups will provide information on their organizations and free pizza will be available for lunch.

Democracy Matters is a student-based non-partisan organization that aims to increase awareness of the political process and reform campaign spending. For more information, contact Emily Kinkead, president of Democracy Matters, at ekinkead@gmail.com.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.