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Letter to the editor

Students encouraged to vote in upcoming elections

March 30, 2012

Wisconsin will be holding local elections and the presidential primary on Tuesday, April 3. UW-River Falls students who are U.S. citizens and have lived in Wisconsin for 28 days (including those who live on campus) are eligible voters in these elections.

Due to redistricting there are two polling locations for students who live on campus. If you live in Johnson, May, Prucha, or Stratton, voting will be at the River Falls High School on Cemetery Road. Others on campus residents can continue to vote in the University Center. To fi nd your polling location and view a sample ballot for other locations check vpa.wi.gov.

You may register to vote the day of the election if you are not already registered. You must bring proof of residency such as a tuition statement, utility bill, or lease to register on the day of the election. If you have questions about what you can bring or other voting issues please contact the City Clerk at 715-426-3408 or the Deputy Clerk at 715-426- 3419.

This year I will be on the ballot for Pierce County Supervisor District 5. This district includes the residence halls Johnson, May, Prucha, and Stratton and the area between Cascade and Johnson Street to the west of Main Street.

UWRF students are important contributors to River Falls and Pierce County. Our local government needs to recognize the unique role of the University in our community and work to protect the needs and rights of students.

I will continue to work to make sure that county services are available and accessible to students and that our economic development takes in to consideration the need for student employment in the area. Of direct importance to many students is the county reproductive health clinic. I will continue to ensure funding for these services and make sure that they are available.

If you have any questions about county services please contact me at 651-269-1274 or at plunkettwi@gmail.com.

Thank you, I appreciate your vote on Tuesday, April 3.

Ben Plunkett
River Falls