Students Turn Out to Cast Their Votes

But Apathy Appears to Be a Big Winner at Campus Polls

Some students took time out of midterms and classes to vote yesterday, but an election official said their turnout was low.

Brian D. Galle '94-'95, a Mather House resident, made the trek to the Putnam Square Apartments at 2 Mt. Auburn Street to cast his ballot.

He worked for the Kennedy campaign, and said he supports Kennedy because he is "concerned about the prospect of a Republican Senate."

"The Republicans won't address the important issues, such as health care and election reform," Galle said.

Although Kennedy won comfortably, Republicans gained control of the Senate in yesterday's election.

Galle also said he made an effort to get informed about the ballot questions. "I sat and talked to my house tutor in economics at lunch to figure out more about the ballot questions," Galle said.

He said he encouraged other students that he ran into yesterday to vote. "I'd asked if they were voting, and if not, I'd ask why," he said.

"You're going to vote, right?" he asked.

Allan Piper Jr. '96, a Dunster resident, also voted at Putnam Square.

Like Galle, he said he voted for Kennedy because he fears that "Romney reflects the right-wing Republican platform--anti-choice, anti-everything good."

Piper said he believes students should be interested in the political process.

"Presumably, we are some of the most concerned and responsible people of our generation," he said.

Piper is originally from the Washington, D.C., area, and he said that he would be closely following the Senatorial election in Virginia and the Washington mayoral race.

James F. Hartman '95, a Leverett resident who voted at the Quincy House polling station, said he did not vote for Kennedy. "I wanted to get Kennedy out," he said. "I don't like his personal attributes or his politics."

He said he didn't vote on all of the ballot questions, but he felt particularly strongly about rent control.