Election registration error

By Elyssa McFadden
November 19, 2004

Jenna Nash

It’s not a secret that some students have problems with the way Cabrini is run. The most common complaints that are heard are about food, housing and the lack of response to students given by most of the administration.

The food situation has made a serious attempt to improvement. As for housing and students getting answers, they are still non-existent. My friends and I feel as if nothing gets accomplished when approaching some of the Cabrini employees with questions.

For instance, I lived in house 7 last year and we were fined a significant amount of money. The bill however, said “room fine.” We didn’t know if this was our actual room or house fine. We didn’t think it could be our room because it was in good shape by the end of the year, but decided to double-check anyway.

When approaching Residence Life we were told that the Business Office would have an answer for us. When we arrived in the Business Office they told us to go to Residence Life for they would definitely inform us as to what was going on. Getting sent around in circles and receiving no answers forced us to give up for the day, later finding out it was a house fine.

I must say I hadn’t had any issues with Cabrini since then and was quite pleased to see things changing. This was until I went to vote. I went to vote and was unable to. So how is this connected to Cabrini?

One day, I was sitting in my apartment when there was a knock at the door. It was two girls wondering if my roommates and I were registered to vote; if not, would we like to. So, I thought it was very convenient and decided to fill out the registration form. This was great. I could register without leaving school and I didn’t have to fill out an absentee ballot because I live close to Cabrini.

Two months later, Election Day came. Upon walking up to the desk I was informed that my name was not on the list. I was in shock.

I told the woman at the desk that I had filled out the form, enabling me to vote while I was at school. She told me to go see the judge that was there to check if I was on a new list. I went over and again was denied. He told me he would call West Chester because they had all the registered voters’ names there. They informed him that I wasn’t on the list.

He turned to me and said,

“You can fill out a provisional ballot, but your vote probably won’t count.” That is just what I went there to do, have my vote not count. I did it anyway, in hopes that it would.

After 45-minutes of dealing with this issue, I was able to re-register by filling out the same exact form that I had filled out two months prior at Cabrini. Had I of known the consequences, I wouldn’t have bothered with any part of the process.

Posted to the web by Jenna Nash

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