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Vote, UA urges

By Reuven M. Lerner

Fifty students registered to vote on Wednesday in a voter registration drive sponsored by the Undergraduate Association.

The three-day drive, which ends this afternoon, is the first part of a campaign to "provoke student interest in voting," according to UA General Secretary Stacy E. McGeever '93. She pointed to a referendum sponsored by the Citizens for Limited Taxation as a local issue in which students could get involved.

UA President Manish Bapna '91 was disappointed with the response. "Most people noticed who passed through Lobby 7 noticed the booth," he felt. "So the fact that they didn't stop to see what was going on might indicate apathy." He added, however, that the drive was considered a great success by representatives from Cambridge City Hall who worked at the booth.

Bapna said the UA is planning to release additional information about state and local elections as the Nov. 6 election draws closer.

The CLT referendum proposes to lower state taxes by taking money out of certain state programs, including student financial aid. While McGeever admitted that most students would not be directly affected by such a cut, she stressed the referendum's importance as a student issue. "It will have a decimating effect on the services provided by the state. . . . I think most students would vote against it," she said.

Bapna was enthusiastic about the program, and said he hoped "more college students will be aware of issues in local and state governments." He reminded students that they are a potentially massive voting bloc, numbering over 300,000 in the Boston area alone.

McGeever cautioned students who are registered in other states that they should check with voting officials before registering in Massachusetts. "When they see that you've changed your registration, you've technically changed your permanent residence, and you could lose state financial aid." she said. "There are quite a few students who have come in after the fact, saying that they lost financial aid from their home states."