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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 to an Eau Claire Area School District referendum.

Why should Blugolds care about the local or state races?

These are the races that give us a voice in determining who will make important decisions that shape our community and state — and the UW System.

These elected officials will help determine how much you pay in tuition or how many state dollars are available to support UW-Eau Claire.

So while the presidential election obviously is important, it’s the local and state races that may have the most direct impact on the lives of Blugolds during these next few years.

Not sure what local and state races will be on your ballot Nov. 8?

Go to the state’s My Vote site.

After you provide your address, you can view a sample ballot that shows every race/candidate or referendum that will be on your ballot.

How do you know where those candidates stand on the issues that matter to you?

There is no one place to look for position statements or other information to help you evaluate area candidates and their stands on key issues, but we can point you to a few resources that might help you find the information you need to educate yourself before you vote.

  • Eau Claire’s WQOW sent a questionnaire to all area candidates asking about several issues that are important to area voters. You can find their responses here.
  • The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Government Council asked Wisconsin State Assembly candidates questions about various issues. You can find their answers here.
  • Details about the Eau Claire Area School District’s operational referendum can be found here.
  • The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram has run a series of stories about local and statewide races. You can find those stories here.

What do I need to know about voting before Election Day?

If you are a student, you need to decide if you want to vote in Eau Claire or your hometown. You also need to register to vote if you haven’t already done so.

The My Vote site has a lot of great information on it.

You also can get information about voting from this UW-Eau Claire story.

How do I know where to vote?

Blugolds living on campus will vote in Davies Center.

For off-campus students, your address will determine where you vote.

Again, you can get that information from the My Vote site.