As campus is closed to the public per COVID-19 state emergency order, the University Union will not be a polling place in the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary on April 7, 2020. Students residing in the City of Green Bay or the surrounding communities should go to myvote.wi.gov and use Find My Polling Place for a specific voting location. Using this form requires that the voter is registered and has submitted their current address.
As the November election nears, voting advocates are canvassing UW-Green Bay to encourage students to register to vote. WBAY has the story.
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).
Leaders of student political groups say they want to be able to cast ballots on campus before Election Day. Green Bay residents will be able to vote at City Hall starting Monday, September 26. UWGB student government association president, Nikolas Austin hand delivered a letter to Green Bay City Clerk Kris Teske last week requesting that change. If early voting does not change in Green Bay, Austin says he will work to get students to City Hall to avoid lines on Election Day. Read more here.
Vanya Koepke, president of the UW-Green Bay Student Government Association, sent an email Wednesday to all students announcing a partnership with Wisconsin Campus Compact and the United States Student Association to promote a digital nonprofit called TurboVote. The site (https://ussa.turbovote.org/register) promises a free, one-stop place to register to vote in person or absentee, and “get reminders in advance of Election Day.”
Koepke’s email to students also included a number of FAQs:
* If you have changed addresses since you last registered to vote, you need to re-register at your current address! You check to see if you are registered at your current address at https://myvote.wi.gov/Voter/VoterSearchScreen.aspx.
* You can absolutely vote at your current school address so long as you are 18 and a citizen of the United States, and will have been living at your address for at least 28 days prior to Election Day.
* A new state law requires you to print out a proof of residence when you mail in your voter registration form. You can access your proof of residence by going to your SIS account and locating the enrolment verification form.
* You may have heard a lot of people talking about Voter ID in the last few weeks and probably have some questions. If you have a Wisconsin Driver’s license of Wisconsin State ID card, make sure to bring that to the polls with you on Election Day. It can be used as a Voter ID even if it does not have your current campus address. If you are an out of state student, you can still absolutely vote in Wisconsin if you bring one of these documents (http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/do-i-have-right-photo-id) or by picking up a free student Voter ID card at the University Ticketing and Information Center (U-TIC).
Human Development Prof. Jill White helped offer some context Friday (Nov. 9) for a WHBY Radio story on the controversy surrounding a recent letter from Green Bay Bishop David Ricken. The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the Green Bay Diocese’s tax-exempt status, citing a letter Ricken wrote encouraging parishioners to vote in line with Catholic beliefs. Religion and politics are comingled in the human mind, White said, so it’s impossible to completely separate them. She added that she doubts the bishop’s letter held much sway with voters. Full story.
Unsurprisingly, Tuesday (Nov. 6) was a busy day for the University Union and its polling place, with some 1,770 walk-in voters coming to cast a ballot, reports Union director Rick Warpinski. Add those numbers to the building’s normal weekday traffic and the Union likely saw more than 8,000 visitors Tuesday (which would be a new record high). As we told you here yesterday, a brief morning evacuation (due to a benign smoke alarm) didn’t faze voters or staff. There was strong and consistent voter traffic and lines all day, and Warpinski says the student vote count likely was strong.
And speaking of the debate, finding the seemingly elusive undecided voter also has been on the minds of members of the news media this week. Fox 11 reporter (and UW-Green Bay alum) Ben Krumholz came to campus Wednesday for a College Dems watch party, chatting with an undecided UW-Green Bay student watching amid his mostly decided peers. Student Carlos Gonzalez was featured in Krumholz’ story on whether the debate would help sway undecided voters — and for him, actions speak louder than words. Full story.
Prof. Emeritus Mike Kraft weighed in on the latest round of political polling Wednesday (Aug. 22), talking about the presidential race with WFRV, Channel 5. The latest Marquette Law School poll shows President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney shrinking in Wisconsin since the announcement of Janesville’s Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate. That’s good news for the GOP ticket, Kraft said, but it’s a plus for Obama that he’s still got the lead in the Badger state. An emerging factor could be the controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin’s abortion comments, which may hurt Republicans if it distracts voters from issues like the economy, Kraft said. Full story.