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Panel Discussion at UW-Eau Claire
to Explore Fairness of U.S. Elections

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — A panel comprised of community members and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members and students will present "Are U.S. Elections Fair?" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in Room 103 of Hibbard Hall.

The presentation will explore local, state and national concerns, and what voters can do about these issues.

The Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the UW-Eau Claire Student Alliance will sponsor the program.

Dr. Don Reynolds, professor of mathematics, will discuss problems with all voting systems and Arrow's Paradox, which states that perfect democratic voting is — not just in practice but in principle — impossible.

Corey Hilber, a senior from Marshfield with majors in mathematics and economics, will talk about problems with third parties getting on the ballot. Dr. Robert Nowlan, associate professor of English, will discuss campaign financing issues.

Wisconsin law is more restrictive of the voting rights of ex-felons than neighboring states, according to the ACLU. Gregg Shiver, an ex-felon, will focus on state legislative proposals to re-enfranchise ex-felons.

Carol Schumacher, a retired Eau Claire city clerk and elections specialist, and Donna Austad, the current Eau Claire city clerk, will explain voter registration and the selection, training and responsibilities of poll workers.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Ann Heywood at 715- 834-8549.

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