it’s easy to vote

We occasionally see stories of citizens requesting new/adjusted resources to make voting easier. Some UWGB college students have said that current options hinder the ability of young Americans to express their right to vote. A number of years ago, there was also an effort to bring a polling location to the St. Norbert College campus to make it more convenient for students. So, this is important, because not only are people asking for more convenience, they are claiming that their rights are being hindered. That’s a serious charge.

Let me start with polling locations for college students. UWGB students have a polling location on campus. For St. Norbert students, the campus is on 3rd St while the polling location is at 6th St, it’s a walk of 3 blocks. And polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. I see students make time for all kinds of activities. Voting should be right up there on the priority list.

Now, I haven’t heard much about these concerns here in De Pere lately, but nonetheless, I want to make sure you’re aware of the various ways you can vote:

  1. You can vote absentee by mail, and you don’t even need to be absent. Yes, you can even vote absentee if you just don’t feel like doing it in person, or if it’s just not convenient for you. All you have to do is fill out an application and the city clerk will mail a ballot to your house. Then fill out the ballot and mail it back.
  2. You can also vote in person at the city clerk’s office during the weeks before election day, during regular business hours.
  3. You can vote at your polling location on election day (7:00am to 8:00pm).

I just can’t imagine how much more convenient we can make the voting process. The next time you see a story about this issue, listen or read closely, and see if they even mention absentee voting. See if they even mention the ability to vote by mail, they usually don’t.

My wife never votes at the polls on election day, she just doesn’t want to. So don’t let anyone tell you that you are required to do so. Keep in mind, also, that the more options we provide, the more it will cost us taxpayers to make it happen. The bottom line is that voters need to put in some effort, and you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to do so.

If you have additional questions about voting, like maybe these questions:

  • Where do I vote?
  • What’s on my ballot?
  • I want more details about absentee voting, who’s my city clerk?

then you’re in luck. The state of Wisconsin has the coolest voting web site around. Just visit myvote.wi.gov, enter your address, and it tells you everything you need to know.

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