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All UW-River Falls students can vote in the Wisconsin state primary

March 23, 2016

The 2016 Wisconsin state primary vote is Tuesday, April 5 and the polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Students are eligible to vote in the state in which they go to school, so students from Minnesota that attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are eligible to vote in the Wisconsin primary.

Wisconsin recently passed a voter ID law. There are many forms of acceptable photo IDs that can be used at the polls. A valid Wisconsin driver license or a Wisconsin state ID card are accepted forms. A list of others may be found on www.gab.wi.gov.

Out of state IDs are not acceptable forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. However, students may get a free voter ID in the Carding Office on campus, located in the basement of the library.

It is suggested that students get this card as soon as possible before the primary because this office does not have the ability to provide all of the cards on the day of voting.

UWRF students who wish to vote in River Falls must prove that they live in the city. Students who live on and off campus and are U.S. citizens can legally vote here.

Students can change their address in ESIS as a way of proving residency. Other acceptable forms of proof of residency can also be found on www.gab.wi.gov.

The location at which you vote is determined by where you live. Resident students living in May, Johnson, Prucha, and Stratton residence halls must vote at River Falls High School. Residents who live in the other dorms on campus can vote in the University Center. Students living off campus can visit www.myvote.wi.gov to determine their polling location.

Students who wish to vote early can do so at River Falls City Hall until April 1.

Many students may only be thinking about voting for a presidential candidate when they think of voting on April 5, but a Justice to the State Supreme Court is also up for election. Current Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley is running against JoAnne Kloppenburg.

There are also elections for mayor, city council, school board and county board in River Falls. Romona Gunter, a lecturer of mathematics at UWRF is running for school board.