Early voting site opens on Boca campus, draws almost 100 people

You can cast your ballot for the general election at FAU through Nov. 4.


Flags advertising different candidates and amendments have been placed near the Housing office, where community members are now able to vote ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. Photo by Violet Castano

Ross Mellman, Opinion Editor

Correction | Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. This story has been updated to reflect that anyone registered to vote in Palm Beach County can vote early at FAU. 

If you’re registered in Palm Beach County, you can vote at the Housing office on the Boca campus through early November.

The Nations Multi-Purpose Room in the Housing building became an early voting station Monday ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. Almost 100 people voted at FAU’s polling place as of yesterday, according to the Supervisor of Elections’ website. Voters can stop by the station through Nov. 4, and you can find out what precinct you’re registered to vote in here.

“If students are already on campus, it should be easy for them to cast their votes,” senior business management major John Scurto said.

In November’s election, Florida’s population will vote on the next governor, senator, legislators, local representatives, state Cabinet members, and proposed amendments.

Almost 1 million people statewide have already flocked to the polls within the first day of early voting, including 28,617 in Palm Beach County. Only 1.8 million people voted during the entire 2014 midterm election.

And only six percent of 18 to 25-year-old voters in Palm Beach County voted in the last 2014 primary election.

Senior political science major Stephan Schneider doesn’t believe that the 2018 election will be especially different from 2014.

“I am not overwhelmingly positive that this year will be much better,” he said.

He added though that he remains hopeful the media and on-campus voting awareness messages from various nonprofits will “help young people realize that our generation will be impacted the most from the policies and decisions made today.”

Over 20,000 people registered to vote between February and August this year. It is estimated that 28.7 percent were between the ages of 18-25, a number influenced by online registration — which has only been available since October of last year, reported the Palm Beach Post.

Many organizations on college campuses, such as nonprofit NextGen America, also held voter registration drives to encourage young people to vote.

And the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis has drawn the attention of many students on campus.

Senior political science major Stone Bloom will vote for DeSantis “because he is pro-gun, tough on illegal immigration, and opposes an income tax increase,” he said.

Sophomore business major Adam Roitman said he supports Gillum.

“No. 1, he is for reasonable gun control,” he said. “Secondly because he has a proven track record of managing a large municipality successfully.”

Other students, such as Schneider, remain undecided.

“As a moderate that emphasizes bipartisanship, I am not ecstatic about either candidate,” he stated. “That said, I am leaning toward casting a ballot for Gillum, but I am taking the time to complete my personal research on the candidates and I am waiting until Election Day to make a final decision.”

Residents registered to vote in Palm Beach County can cast their ballot any time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Nov. 4 at the Housing office.

Ross Mellman is the opinion editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RossMellman.