Voting can make a difference to students

UK students have a large stake in this general election, especially in the race for governor.

The governor, who submits the initial budget proposal to the legislature and has veto power over the final budget, has a major influence over state funding for UK.

If the state grants UK its requested funding in full, next school year’s tuition increase will be 9 percent, the same as this year’s, said UK President Lee Todd in an Oct. 18 announcement.

While tuition is an important matter to students, other major issues like legalized gambling and ethics are also relevant.

If eligible students haven’t voted in the election yet today, chances are they still can. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and all registered voters who are in line by 6 p.m. will be able to vote.

Registered voters can find out their polling place on the Kentucky State Board of Elections Voter Information Center Web site (

VICWeb/index.jsp) by entering their full name and date of birth.

Voters are required to bring a form of identification to the poll. Valid identifications include a driver’s license, a Social Security card, a credit card or another card bearing both picture and signature.

If students want their voices heard, then they should not miss their chance to make a difference in the state elections today.