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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will see you at the polls on November 6th!