Photo Series: Election day poll opportunities for UWL students

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Mitchell Hall Polling Center. (Photo taken by Maija Sikora).

Maija Sikora, Managing Editor

Today Tuesday, Nov. 3, is the last day to cast votes for the 2020 presidential election, students who haven’t yet voted in the ongoing election have the opportunity to cast their candidate votes at several in-person locations around La Crosse. The election in Wisconsin also ends today for those who voted via absentee ballot as the Wisconsin court system ruled in October that ballots that aren’t received by clerks by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, will not be counted.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse opened up the Mitchell Hall gymnasium to the ballot boxes for those who haven’t yet voted or did not vote absentee. And for students and residents living near and around the university campus, the Myrick Park Center is also hosting voters. The polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting is still available for those who have not yet registered, as day-of registration is available at both locations. Individuals who want to arrive at the polls pre-registered can do so by visiting the My Vote Wisconsin page. For students who are registered to vote in a home town, but are currently residing in the La Crosse area, voting in-person today is still a viable option. You can register to vote in La Crosse by showing proof of residence.

To find out where you are registered you can visit the My Voter Info page on My Vote Wisconsin. To register to vote you will need your state driver’s license or federal identification and proof of residence – examples of which include a utility or phone bill, checking or savings account statement, or a vehicle registration card or title. It may be beneficial to bring your filled out registration form to the polling place.

The ballots will consist of the presidential candidates as well as State Senator and Congress representatives. And if you’re voting in La Crosse, you will also have the opportunity to vote for La Crosse County District Attorney, County Clerk, County Treasurer, and County Register of Deeds. To find out more information or prepare for the contents of the ballot, visit My Vote Wisconsin. 

“As we all know, today (November 3, 2020) is Election Day. And here at UWL we are very proud to say our students, faculty, and staff always participate in elections in impressive numbers—at rates far above the national averages for public comprehensive universities like ours,” said UWL Chancellor Joe Gow in an email to students earlier today. “We would like to see that tradition continued today. So, if you haven’t done so already, please be sure to visit your polling place and cast your ballot.”

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