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Students encouraged to vote in spring primary election

Note: Vice Chancellor of EDI+SA Warren Anderson shared the following message with students on April 2. A federal judge extended deadlines for absentee voting to prevent disenfranchisement. Absentee ballots may now be requested until April 3 at 5 p.m. All absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on April 13 to be counted.


Greetings, students!

This message provides you with necessary information for you to safely participate in the 2020 Wisconsin Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary on Apr. 7, 2020. Information on the key local and statewide races can be found at MyVote Wisconsin, here.

You can also use MyVote to update your voter registration address and request an absentee ballot. Unless you plan on voting in-person on April 7, please consider requesting your absentee ballot today. Absentee ballots must be mailed back in the provided envelope by Apr. 7, 2020 to be counted. You can learn more about that process here.

Here are additional resources that you may find useful:

  • In order to request an absentee ballot, you must first update your voter registration
  • Appropriate sources of identification can be found here, including your campus ID

Additional Considerations:

  • As a university student, you may vote only once in this election
  • When choosing which address to register, you may use your residence hall address
  • More information on registering as a university student using your home or UW-Eau Claire address can be found here

COVID-19 Considerations

Voting at this time is made more complicated because of the impact of COVID-19. If you are voting in person, please exercise caution and maintain appropriate physical distancing measures. The cities of Eau Claire and Altoona will be providing updates on Friday and Monday, on voting safety measures and additional precautions. 

We encourage you to exercise your right to vote. Please be well.

Thank you!


Warren R. Anderson, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellor 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Student Affairs