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Published October 29, 2010, 09:08 PM

UND Student Government Explains Shut Down Voting Program

The University of North Dakota's Student Government said their 'Get Out the Vote Campaign' was just to help students get to the polls.

The University of North Dakota's Student Government said their 'Get Out the Vote Campaign' was just to help students get to the polls.

As WDAZ first reported on Thursday, shuttle busses that took students to vote have been shut down because of potential violations.

According to Student Government, the violations depend on how you look at the situation and how you interpret the wording of the code.

"That's where there are some disagreements," said Evan Andrist with Student Government.

On whether or not student fee dollars can pay for a shuttle bus to take students to vote.

"Some people say, if you look at it as that's what you're using the money for, then yes you can. Others say if it is just from a general budget, then no, that's not what it's allocated for," said Andrist.

As WDAZ was first to report, a shuttle bus program taking students to voting places has been thought to be illegal and in violation of the North Dakota Century Code.

The Code states, 'No person may pay another person for the expense of transportation to or from the polls.'

Meaning it would be illegal for UND to finance the transportation of students to a polling place.

"The general council said it would just be a good idea for safety sake if we cancelled the program."

There was also concern it was tied to a University Democrat-sponsored rally.

"I think things could've been been better represented on their side."

Andrist said there was some confusion that Student Government was promoting voting for one side.

"Someone just can't say, I'll drive you there if you vote for me. That's not what we're doing this for by any means at all. We're just trying to get students involved in the political process."

Student Government is exploring this issue with their attorneys, and already looking to the next election to make sure they have everything taken care of.

"We want to make voting as easy as possible for students," said Andrist.

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