(WAUSAU, Wis.) – According to the Campus Vote Project, young adults (ages 18-29) made up about 21% of the eligible voting population in 2014, but voter turnout for this demographic has reached record lows in recent years. In midterm elections like two years ago and in off-year elections like 2015, local offices are on the ballot and can be decided by a matter of a few votes. Local offices and issues have a direct impact on a student’s home and college community. Officials make decisions on topics like student debt, funding for higher education, and the economy.
The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, and if this is the first election you’ll be participating in, the first step is getting registered. While you can register at the polls on the day of the election, by registering before October 19, you can avoid the long lines that are being predicted by many municipalities.
Registering is easy.
- Complete the Voter Registration Application.
- Mail your application or deliver it to the clerk’s office in the municipality you intend to vote in by October 19.
- Bring or send a copy of your WI driver’s license or WI DOT-issued ID
- If you intend to vote in a municipality that is different than what’s on your driver’s license, you will also need to bring or send proof of residency in the form of a bank statement, utility bill, or pay stub.