SVC’s Call to Arms; Get Out and Vote
David Boardman
dboar796@uwsp.edu

Dear fellow students,

How mad were you when the replacement refs blew call after call costing the Packer’s the game against Seattle last week?

I know I was furious, and along with everyone else in this country I knew I could make a better call.

Unfortunately, that game has passed, but luckily you get to make a call on November 6th. You will have the privilege to make a call in the presidential election and voice your opinion on issues that affect you. In order to enjoy this privilege it is necessary that you are registered to vote at your current address.

Fortunately, there is still time to register during the period of open registration. If you want to save yourself a large headache and a lot of time, then I encourage you to register before the end of this period on October 17th at 5:00pm.

Registration is simple. If you were ever issued one you will need to provide a Wisconsin driver license number or Wisconsin ID number. If that number is expired, or if you were never issued one—I’m looking at you, Bear’s fan—then you will need the last four digits of your social security number.

You can register conveniently at Student Vote Coalition table in the DUC concourse on Mondays- Fridays 10:00am-2:00pm until the 17th and Upper Debot on October 8th-12th from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Also, on October 16th there will be tables and volunteers at various locations on campus eager to register students.

So what happens if you do not register to vote before the 17th?

Don’t fear, you are still able to register to vote and can even register the day off the election. However, it would be irresponsible of me to not warn you of the risks you are taking. First, you will encounter multiple long lines on the day of the election. This includes the line waiting to register which is estimated to take at least 90 minutes, and then the long line of people waiting to fill out a ballot. All in all, a process that should have taken only a fraction of your valuable time has now taken most of your morning.

If you wait to register after the 17th, you will also need to provide proof of residency. The simplest way to do this is with an enrollment verification letter, printable via myPoint. In fact, several UWSP documents that contain your full name and current address are valid proof of residency. Visit myvote. wi.gov for more voter assistance.

If you prefer to miss all these lines or if you expect to be too busy on Election Day, then you may visit your municipal clerk’s office during early absentee voting, October 22nd-November 2nd. In Stevens Point, this is the City Hall at 1516 Church Street. Don’t forget you will need to be registered. You may verify your registration at myvote.wi.gov.

At this point, if you have already taken the time and energy to register to vote but still find yourself wondering who the candidates are and what they stand for, then come to an event hosted by the Student Vote Coalition. There will be several events throughout October including screenings televised debates, candidate forums, and student discussions.

In fact, next week we will televise the Vice-Presidential debate on October 11th in NFAC 221.This event will start at 7:00pm with candidates at the county level meeting students, a student discussion at 7:15pm, and the televised debate at 8:00pm.

If you have any question regarding voter registration, election-day assistance, voter education events, or if you want to volunteer for the Get Out the Vote effort contact David Boardman or Tim Collins from the Student Vote Coalition. We are in the SGA office room 052 DUC; our phone number is 715-346-4198 and our email is sgasv@uwsp.edu.

I will see you at the polls on November 6th!

Sincerely,

David Boardman