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FILE - This Nov. 2, 2010 file photo shows a sticker handed out to a voter on Election Day, in Waterville, Maine.  Here's something most politicians can click the like button for: Facebook friends played a big role in getting hundreds of thousands of people to vote in 2010 who probably would have otherwise stayed home, a new scientific study claims. It provides scientific evidence showing the real world political power of social media. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Robert F. Bukaty

FILE - This Nov. 2, 2010 file photo shows a sticker handed out to a voter on Election Day, in Waterville, Maine. Here's something most politicians can click the like button for: Facebook friends played a big role in getting hundreds of thousands of people to vote in 2010 who probably would have otherwise stayed home, a new scientific study claims. It provides scientific evidence showing the real world political power of social media. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Editorial: Election site reasonable

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It is reasonable to see both sides of a recent City Council debate about where to locate early-voting stations for this year’s municipal election. While some members contended that adding a site close to East Carolina University might help increase participation, especially among youth voters, others claimed the push for an on-campus location attempts to influence the results.

By the very nature of their location, voting sites hold some sway over voter turnout in that their proximity to a subset of the electorate encourages its participation over those farther from the site. That is why the outcome of this debate, which saw the council vote unanimously to choose a central location for a new polling place, would seem to be the reasonable conclusion.

Prompted by an inquiry by Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis, the council on Monday took up debate over early-voting sites for the city elections in November. The nonpartisan vote will determine the six members of the council as well as who serves as mayor, so those intending to seek re-election — and all those who call this community home — have a stake in the outcome.

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regardless the location....

..only ECU students from Pitt County/Greenville should vote in Greenville. They should request readily available absentee ballots from home.That is how to properly exercise your franchise.

So much missing from this and the story written on it

What about the fact that Calvin Mercer has voted for a early voting site in 2009 and 2011 and he thinks it is wrong now this year. Or the fact that Blackburn suggested the Drew Steele Center in the newspaper and then when Joyner motion to make Drew Steele a location she joined Mercer in a multitude of amendments against it. More Mercer campaigning for Mayor.

Anywhere but ECU

An early voting location on ECU campus is a ridiculous idea, when considering something as simple as parking access, which no place on campus has, where the public is concerned. I matriculated at ECU, I know the horrible parking situation, we need to make the decision with easy access in mind, not just pander to the college vote.

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