By Nicole Kiefert
Wisconsin has a long history of high voter turnout, which could be why so many citizens feel obligated to vote. Keeping up with tradition or not, it’s important for all citizens, nationwide, to be taking elections seriously and doing their civic duty by looking into candidates and issues and making an educated vote on Election Day.
Voting may seem like an intimidating process, but aside from waiting in long lines and doing a little research, voting is not as daunting as it sounds.
Pre-registration is usually offered for citizens to get the hassle of registration out of the way so voting can go smoother and faster, but if voters missed registration it is possible to vote on Election Day.
Not all states allow same-day registration, so the fact that Wisconsin does could contribute to the state’s history of higher voter turnout. In case voters missed pre-registration, all they need to do is bring some form of identification, such as a driver’s license or a passport, and proof of current residence to the place of voting to register.
Reeve Union is also offering free student identification cards for voting purposes. To receive an identification card, students must bring their Titan Card to Titan Central for proof of enrollment. The identification card will contain students’ names, pictures and electronic signature. The card is valid for two years.
Students who live on campus have the option to vote in Albee Hall. If students living off campus live within a certain distance from campus, they also have the option to vote in Albee Hall. If students don’t live close they can check the City of Oshkosh website for a list of voting districts and the polling locations attached to those. There is also a polling location search online that voters can use if they are unsure where to go.
It is not enough to just cast a vote, though. It’s important for voters to look into the candidates and all of the issues those candidates are representing before making a decision. It’s not enough to vote for a certain party or vote based off one single belief because there could be other issues the candidates represent that are disagreeable.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.