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Voters Turn Out at Mason for November Election

November 13, 2012

By Robin Herron

University Hall on the Fairfax Campus is an official Fairfax County polling place. Creative Services photo

University precinct was a popular place on Nov. 6, Election Day.

The 1-year-old polling place at the Fairfax Campus attracted 1,598 voters, according to the tally posted on the door to University Hall at the end of the day. State Board of Elections records indicate the total of registered voters eligible to vote in the precinct is 2,317.

Mason was designated an official polling place last year after students, with the support of university administration, petitioned the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The precinct was open for the first time for the November 2011 election.

Shane Smith, executive editor of the student organization Mason Votes, says his group held a number of events to raise awareness about the 2012 election. Distributing voter registration forms and promoting the fact that Mason was a polling place were elements of the events.

Mason Votes also held debate watch parties, which “encouraged students to pay close attention to where each candidate stood on the issues,” he says. And the group made an effort to provide information about all the presidential candidates, not just the two major party candidates.

Finally, Smith says, Mason Votes partnered with other student organizations, such as Student Government and the NAACP campus chapter, to support election-focused events on campus.

Voting results were posted outside University Hall after the poll closed. Photo by Paul King