Aim of new TV show is to get voters thinking

Posted: Tuesday, 30 September 2008

TROY – Troy University’s television station TrojanVision is trying to get voters to think about the issues in the upcoming presidential elections.

“TROY Votes,” a new two-part series, scheduled to air in October, will bring about a dozen students together in a forum to discuss the issues surfacing in the presidential election.

“I’ll pose a series of questions and get the students’ perspectives on the election and the related policy matters,” said Dr. Jim Rinehart, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a political science professor.

“First, in order to vote effectively, we should be informed about the issues. This series will provide information that some people may not have right now and we’ll hear a lot of perspectives on those issues,” he said. “It’s not intended to sway a voter one way or another, rather we’ll simply have a group of students who are informed about political matters who are going to express issues and concerns – not just opinions – based on some knowledge of what’s going on.”

The student panelists are political science students at TROY who will conduct independent campaign research in preparation for the series.

“A second benefit is that we’ll hopefully be building interest leading up to the election and spur voters to actually exercise their right to vote,” Rinehart said.

The first roundtable is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, with repeat airings on Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. The second roundtable will air at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, with repeat airings on Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

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