GENESEO – The night is still young, and over 870 SUNY Geneseo students have voted at the temporary on-campus polling place.
Poll workers said at 6 p.m. that 870 students had already voted, with more coming in the door as they spoke. They estimated that this means a 60 to 70 percent voter turnout for the campus.
“Voter turnout right now I’d say is on par with past years,” said Eddie Lee in the Kuhl Gym polling place. “This is for a presidential race, so we definitely foresee an increase in people coming out within the next few hours.”
The students vote using the same ballot as every other Village of Geneseo resident, including races for President, District Attorney and 133rd State Assembly District.
Many, many college students live off campus and vote elsewhere in the Village. The 870 number does not factor for any off-campus students.
In order to vote in Geneseo, students from other towns must change their residence from their hometown to the Village.
A record number of students have already done so for the Spring 2016 election for Village Trustee, and were the key factor in the landslide victories of Trustee Mary Rutigliano and Trustee Matt Cook, both of whom are SUNY Geneseo students.
Additional reporting by Sean Delles.