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August 27, 2004


Free Lecture on How Voting Matters Presented by UW-RF

Concern about the declining rates of voter participation over the past 40 years has become an issue on the public agenda. A perception that individual votes don't matter has permeated the public consciousness, and skepticism about special interests may add to the declining rate of participation.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences is offering a free lecture and discussion, "Voting Matters: Living and Voting in a Battleground State," on Sept. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the River Falls Library on the corner of Division and Union streets.

The presentation will be repeated Oct. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hudson Hospital Conference Center on Stageline Road, south of Interstate 94 and east of Carmichael Road.

A faculty panel will offer an overview of the Electoral College and voting procedures and an analysis of voting patterns and current political advertising. Highlights of campaign tactics used by the parties and candidate organizations will also be provided.

The panel includes Tracey Gladstone-Sovell, Ph.D., professor and chair of the UW-RF political science department, and co-author of The Web of Democracy: An Introduction to American Politics; Davida Alperin, Ph.D., UW-RF political science professor and member of the UW-RF WomenÕs Studies Committee; and John Heppen, Ph.D. and noted author/researcher on political and economic geography.

No reservations are required to attend. For more information, contact the UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.

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