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Pacific to Host Health Fair, Political Discussion, Voting Booths on Election Day

by Patrick GiblinOct 19, 2012

For most adults, Election Day in the United States is the day to decide what representatives to select for local, state and federal government and what local ordinances and state laws to approve or reject.

At University of the Pacific this year, it's also a chance to get healthy and smarter. Pacific will host an Election Day Health Fair for voters in the afternoon. That will be followed by a communal watching of the national election returns come in, complete with presentations of student research on what is expected to happen that evening and running commentary from faculty in the Political Science Department.

"Unfortunately, voter participation in the United States has traditionally been significantly lower than in most other countries around the world," said Professor Keith Smith, a political science instructor. "Political science has demonstrated that when we make voting a social event people are more likely to participate."

Health Fair

The Election Day Health Fair will be from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, the same location as a polling booth for San Joaquin County. Student pharmacists will offer free cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure screenings, as well as host a flu vaccination clinic and have a pharmacist booth where voters can ask questions about medication-related issues.


Watch the Outcome

Then at 4:30 p.m. in The Lair - the student club on the second floor of the DeRosa University Center - Pacific's Department of Political Science will host an election-night event. Utilizing the multiple televisions in the club, national returns and commentary from several networks will be displayed. Students from the "Campaign and Elections" class will give presentations on their predictions for the returns. That will be followed by faculty comments throughout the night as election returns are announced on television.

Both events are free and open to the public.