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Indiana House Authorizes Changes to IU, BSU Trustees

A bill passed out of the Indiana House Thursday would change the way trustees are elected at Indiana and Ball State Universities.

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Most trustees at both IU and Ball State will be required to live in Indiana under terms of a bill passed out of the House Thursday.

A bill passed out of the Indiana House Thursday would change the way trustees are elected at Indiana and Ball State Universities.

The bill, now on its way to the Senate, would reduce the number of paper ballots sent to Indiana University alumni for the purpose of electing trustees.

“IU sends out, for example, about 450,000 ballots.  This will save $700,000 by making this change,” Foley said.

Martinsville Representative Ralph Foley, himself an IU alumnus, co-authored the bill but ran into concern from fellow IU graduate Vernon Smith of Gary, who said he worries about the possible disenfranchisement of voters who aren’t computer-savy.

“Hopefully an effort’s going to be made to not exclude anybody from the process.  Being of the chocolate persuasion, I certainly don’t want to be denied the right to vote.  I just think that I am sensitive to this, I’ve raised the question before and I think the University has satisfied my concern about it,” Smith said.

Another co-author of the bill, IU telecommunications professor and Bloomington State Rep Matt Pierce, helped allay Smith’s concern by noting that post cards will be sent out offering alums the choice of paper or electronic ballots.  The bill also specifies that a majority of both IU and Ball State University trustees must reside in Indiana.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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