Campus Life

Voting Information

Voting is a social responsibility embodied in the mission of UW-Eau Claire. There are several opportunities to exercise your right to vote on campus.

A student must register to vote before he or she can vote at the polls. Registration may be done in advance or at the polls on election day.

During local, state and national elections, UW-Eau Claire is the voting site for Wards 20 and 24 of the city of Eau Claire:

  • Students living in the upper campus residence halls reside in Ward 20.
  • Students living in the lower campus residence halls reside in Ward 24.

Students living off campus can check the city of Eau Claire Web site to determine their wards and polling locations, or follow these links to maps of wards in which the majority of UW-Eau Claire students reside:

In addition, students are encouraged to cast their votes in campus elections during the year (see Student Senate).

**UPDATE** On Oct. 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin's voter ID law from going into effect for the Nov. 4 general election. This means that Wisconsin voters, including UW-Eau Claire students, do NOT need to present photo identification to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Continue to check this page for further updates.

In addition to knowing their correct polling place and registering to vote (see information at left), students must do the following before they can vote in a general election:

  • Meet the 28-day residency requirement. A voter must live in the district or ward in Wisconsin where that voter wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before election day. The 28 consecutive day requirement does not mean that a voter must sleep at or remain at that location for 28 consecutive days before being eligible to vote there. As long as a voter has established a physical presence at the new location with the required intent to claim residency that voter meets the qualifications of the 28-day residency requirement.
  • Present proof of residency. Students registering to vote at the polls must present proof of residency. UW-Eau Claire students may download a voter verification form which provides proof of residency/enrollment from MyBlugold CampS. Instructions for obtaining the online form can be found on the UW-Eau Claire Records and Registration website under the heading "Voter Verification."

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