Fight for early voting at WSSU

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Forsyth County’s Board of Elections Chairman told the Winston-Salem Journal that he would like to eliminate Winston-Salem State University as an option for early voting in 2014.

Campus students say they will attend Tuesday’s board meeting in response to his comments.

“It’s obviously another effort of Republican Party to subdue the voice of the young voter. We will be there just to have our presence felt, just to allow them to know that we’re not going to let this happen,” said Bryant Bell, Winston-Salem State Student Body President.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Ken Raymond, Board Chairman, said, “I just have to get one more board member to agree with me.” The paper also said Raymond views voting irregularities a problem at the university’s Anderson Center.

The other Republican board member, Stuart Russell, could not be reached for comment.

Third board member, Fleming El-Amin, a Democrat, said, “it is premature to even be discussing this. It has not been discussed in a board meeting and he (Raymond) should not be discussing his personal agenda in public.”  El-Amin said he was not going to comment on his feelings about Winston-Salem State.

The Anderson Center has been used as an early voting site since 2008.

The 2014 elections would be the first affected by closing down the location since Forsyth County only uses sites other than the county offices every other year.

In 2012, just over 3,400 voters cast their ballot during the Anderson Center’s five open days.

Winston-Salem State students like Robert Stone say while those numbers may be lower than other early voting sites, “whether it’s 3,000 or 10,000 every vote counts and closing it will impact someone, someway or somehow.”

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