UW-Green Bay will be a polling location for August and November elections | WLUK

Wisconsin voters will be back at the polls in just 48 days for the partisan primary election and Green Bay believes it has enough locations lined up for people to vote at in person. UW-Green Bay will once again be a polling location in August and November.

Source: Green Bay plans to have 17 poll locations in August; still needs more poll workers | WLUK

Former staffer: Student vote controversy is missing context

Former Log editor and media relations director Christopher Sampson knows a little about UWGB history. He was moved to write in from recent retirement to share some insight about the dispute involving the City of Green Bay Clerk’s Office and ease of voting for UW-Green Bay students living on campus. The flurry of state and even national publicity, Sampson argues, is missing a few basic nuances about UWGB’s student body. He writes:

“I won’t claim to know how the City of Green Bay should apportion its ‘early voting’ satellite locations, if any, but as a very interested observer I believe the media coverage has been remiss in repeating the assumption that student voters at UWGB are monolithically Democrat. The number of non-traditionals here — we’ve always had one of the higher percentages of returning adults in the UW System — argues for a voter profile not all that dissimilar from the wider community. Additionally, it has been my observation that, among the traditional-age students who live and vote on campus, there is decent representation in conservative causes and co-curricular groups. Yes, in general, college-age people skew progressive but, anecdotally, several faculty members over the years have mentioned there is solid diversity of opinion among students, often showing up in classroom discussion.  No less an expert than former Chancellor Bruce Shepard, trained as a political scientist, was dismissive of those who would stereotype the student body as uniformly, radically liberal.  ‘It’s a myth, at least here. Young people tend to vote as their parents do,’ Shepard would say, ‘and, on balance, this is a pretty conservative area.’  The one time (November 2006) I felt moved to check his assertion, I found it correct. Looking at results for the city voting ward that included Walter Way student residents, there was a nearly 3-1 majority against the constitutional gay-marriage prohibition that carried comfortably statewide. (That proposal yielded a huge split that was mainly generational, not partisan, with the youngest voters most strongly opposed.)  In contrast, and confirmation, the ward’s vote totals in other contested races, while favoring Democrats, were more balanced. My thoughts on the current controversy? It’s a question worth asking — Would satellite pre-voting at only one location be unfair? And, if so, how unfair? — but in my view the coverage hasn’t done justice to the range of student/citizen voters on campus.”

Absentee ballot registration drive

Yesterday, the Student Government Association sponsored an absentee ballot registration drive. More than 20 students registered to get their election ballots via mail or email, in order to avoid the long Election Day voting lines. Want to vote absentee and avoid the line? It’s not too late. Download and print your one-page registration form (pdf) and mail it to your local Municipal Clerk’s Office (pdf) to arrive by Thursday, November 3. Then return your ballot by mail (for free – no stamp needed) by Election Day (11/8).

SGA and RHAA: Election results are in

Congratulations to the newly elected presidents and vice presidents of Student Government Association (SGA) and Residential Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA). Nikolas Austin and Dylan Tritt will be the president and vice president of SGA, and Ashley Keenan and Samuel Soda will continue on in their reoccurring positions as president and vice president of RHAA. Eric Fischer was voted as student senator. See full detailed results (pdf).

MSNBC and Trump in photos

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomed MSNBC and Chris Matthews for a special Town Hall meeting today (Wednesday, March 30, 2016). Matthews’ special guest: Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Held in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, approximately 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members attended the special recording, slated to air nationally at 7 pm tonight. Questions from attendees centered around immigration, college tuition/college debt, foreign policy and abortion. See the gallery.

Students meet with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

MSNBC “Hard Ball” host Chris Matthews shared his thoughts on American politics, the 2016 Presidential Election, journalism and his on-campus interview with Donald Trump after today’s (Wednesday, March 30, 2016) Town Hall meeting at the University. UWGB Communications Chair Phil Clampitt, Lecturer Shauna Froelich and some of their students were in attendance for the Q&A session. See the photos.