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Engaging in the political process

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, in local, state and national elections, as well as in campus elections during the year. We have gathered a variety of resources to help inform you about this election season. We also want to share how Blugolds are engaging in the political process.

  • How to register to vote as a Blugold
  • Dr. Eric Kasper
    Sharing expertise on the national stage
  • Passion for politics
  • Opening doors in local politics
  • Dr. Peter Myers
    Adding to the national conversation
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Voting information for Blugolds

Voters must register before voting at the polls in local, state and national elections. If you haven't done so in advance of election day, you may register at the polls when you go to vote (see "Where to vote" below to determine your voting location).

Students are reminded that they 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.
  • Present proof of residency. Students registering to vote at the polls must present proof of residency (proof that you live at an address within the district or ward where you wish to vote). UW-Eau Claire students may download a voter verification form from MyBlugold CampS that provides proof of residency. Instructions for downloading the online form are on the UW-Eau Claire Records and Registration website under the heading "Voter Verification."
  • Present an acceptable photo ID card at the polls. Your UW-Eau Claire student ID (Blugold card) is not an acceptable voter ID because it does not have a signature line or an expiration date. Acceptable photo IDs include a Wisconsin driver's license, Wisconsin state ID card, military ID card or passport. If you do not have one of these, you can get an acceptable voter ID from the Blugold Card office on the first floor of Davies Center.

During local, state and national elections, UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center 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 My Vote Wisconsin website to determine their wards and polling locations.

What is on the Nov. 8 ballot?

While the presidential election has dominated headlines for many months, it will not be the only race on the ballot come Election Day. Voters in Eau Claire also will find local and statewide races on their ballots, as well as an Eau Claire Area School District referendum.

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Expertise on the election

The following UW-Eau Claire faculty experts are available to comment on a range of topics pertaining to the 2016 elections. Their topics of expertise include the presidential race, local and state races, the Electoral College, the role of celebrities in politics, polling and current policy debates.

Dr. Geoff Peterson

Dr. Geoff Peterson, chair and professor of political science, is an expert in the American electoral process, political behavior and political media. He also can talk about the challenges and opportunities he’s experienced as he teaches classes on national elections during the unusual 2016 presidential campaign. Dr. Peterson, who has published articles in numerous scholarly journals, regularly shares his expertise with local and regional media. Contact him at 715-836-3641 or petersgd@uwec.edu.

Dr. Rodd Freitag

Dr. Rodd Freitag is a professor of political science whose areas of expertise include local, state and national politics and policy, as well as minority politics, the U.S. Congress and presidency, and campaign finance. Dr. Freitag often is interviewed by the local and regional media for election-related stories. Contact him at 715-836-5044 or freitard@uwec.edu.

Dr. Eric Kasper

Dr. Eric Kasper, associate professor of political science, is an expert in how politics and pop culture intertwine. Co-author of “Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns,” his expertise has been featured in stories in Time, National Geographic, CNN and other prominent news media during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also is the director of UW-Eau Claire’s Center for Constitutional Studies, which serves as a hub and access point for anyone seeking information or research on issues relating to the U.S. Constitution and the Wisconsin Constitution. Contact Dr. Kasper at 715-836-4802 or kasperet@uwec.edu.

Dr. Peter Hart-Brinson

Dr. Peter Hart-Brinson, assistant professor of sociology and communication and journalism, has expertise in the areas of political communication, as well as generations and social change. He is available for comment on how people’s media consumption patterns (including their use of social media and their sources of news) shape their political views. He can also comment on how the referenda on marijuana legalization are related to generational change. Contact him at 715-836-2571 or hartbrin@uwec.edu.

Dr. Ali Abootalebi

Dr. Ali Abootalebi, professor of political science, teaches Middle Eastern and global politics at UW-Eau Claire. He is especially interested and can talk about U.S. foreign policy in general, and toward the Middle East. Dr. Abootalebi regularly is interviewed by local, state and national media on issues pertinent to Islam and politics, the Middle East, and U.S. foreign policy. Contact him at 715-836-5969 or abootaar@uwec.edu.

Helping students make sense of the 2016 elections

Dr. Geoff Peterson is fielding a lot of tough questions from students this year about the 2016 presidential election. But the question he's hearing most often from the Blugolds in his political science classes is an easy one to answer: No, this is not normal.

What happens in class

Democracy in action

No matter which candidate they support, Blugolds get the opportunity to experience democracy in action. UW-Eau Claire is a place that fosters discussions through events, student organizations and more.

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