Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Heinz bill to encourage student voting now law

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill that encourages students to vote has been signed into law.

House Bill 2668, sponsored by Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson (District 29), requires the Arizona Board of Regents and community college district boards with student governments to adopt a plan to increase student voter registration and voting in elections.

“One of the core objectives of higher education in Arizona is assisting students to become informed and effective citizens,” Heinz said. “Facilitating the ability of students to vote on their campuses achieves the objectives of both effective citizenship and exercising a fundamental right.”

According to HB 2668, examples of boards’ plans would include:
Information about on-campus voter registration during new student orientation procedures.
Information at central campus locations and via links on administrative websites.
Accommodating for on-campus polling locations.
Allowing students excused absences from classes that are consistent with absence from employment for the purpose of voting.

Heinz worked with the Arizona Student Association on the bill.

“The ASA was tremendous in drafting the original bill and I was happy to work with engaged students who want to encourage their fellow students to vote,” Heinz said.

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