GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo students are voting in record numbers by absentee ballot for the Geneseo Village election on March 15, in which two students are running for Trustee.
According to the Livingston County Board of Elections, of the 718 absentee ballots sent out for the Geneseo election, 470 have been returned from college addresses. In the 2014 election, a total of 468 votes were cast, 63 of which were by absentee ballot. In 2012, 601 votes were cast, 71 of which were by absentee.
“Just vote, it’s election day,” said David DiPasquale, Democratic Commissioner for the Livingston County Board of Elections. “Exercise your right to vote.”
Absentee ballots allow a voter who cannot make it to one of Geneseo’s two polling places to still enter a vote by mail. Some Village residents with physical disabilities use this method to vote. Since SUNY Geneseo’s spring break officially began on Monday March 14, many students find themselves in a position to vote by absentee ballot.
In order to vote by absentee ballot, the majority of students had to officially change their address to Geneseo from their hometowns, rendering them ineligible to vote in their town of origin. If the student changes their address back to their hometown before Tuesday’s election, their ballot can be disqualified.
SUNY Geneseo students undertook a massive participation to get students registered to vote in this election. Members of College Greek life went from student to student in the campus library asking if they had registered to vote in the election, and providing them with materials to do so.
The candidates for Trustee are University of Rochester nurse and Geneseo resident Leslie Carson (R), Rochester resident and SUNY Geneseo student Matthew Cook (I), former Chair of the Livingston County Democratic Committee Phil Jones (D), Geneseo resident and SUNY Geneseo student Mary Rutigliano (I), and incumbent Trustee Bob Wilcox (D).
The candidates for Village Justice are retired SUNY Geneseo Geololgical Sciences Professor Dr. Bill Brennan (D) and local attorney and current sitting village Justice Brad Janson (R).
SUNY Geneseo hosted a Q and A forum for candidates on Feb. 25.
Check out the GeneseeSun.com’s questions and answers with the candidates here.