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Election Day: where to go, how to register, and tonight’s rally

October 31, 2012

Election Day is just around the corner! As candidates gear up for the final push before Nov. 6, political clubs on campus are getting busy helping students to register, encouraging people to vote, and educating voters about candidate platforms.

What they’ve been up to:

  • Advocates for Choice is promoting Planned Parenthood-endorsed candidates who focus on women’s health and rights. They are spreading the word on campus through phone banks, outreach tables, and voter contact.
  • Beloit College Democrats have been tabling outside of Commons for several weeks now helping studentsregister to vote in Wisconsin.
  • Beloit College Republicans have been volunteering with the local GOP offices and are bringing Wisconsin candidates Chad Lee, running for the Congressional District of Beloit, and Beth Schmidt, running for the 45th Assembly, to campus. They will be giving a speech that is open to the public today (Thursday, Nov. 1) at 6:30 p.m. in Wilson Theater.
  • Voces Latinas has been educating the Hispanic population in Beloit about voting rights.

If you have not registered to vote in Wisconsin and would like to, registration is simple. In order to register you must be a U.S. citizen, have not committed a felony, be at least 18 years old on or before election day, and have resided in Beloit at least 28 days prior to the election.

You can register using your Beloit College address by mail, in person, or at the polls on Election Day. If you live on-campus and plan on registering at the polls, you must bring a student I.D. and be able to provide either a Wisconsin driver’s license or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you live off-campus and are registering at the polls, you must also bring a document that provides proof of residency and includes your name and address (utility bill, current lease, etc.).

Students who live on Beloit campus are part of Ward 16 and vote at First Congregational Church, 801 Bushnell Street, located just a block away from campus across from Horace White Park. Voting will take place Tuesday (Nov. 6) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to vote early you have until Friday (Nov. 2) to cast your ballot, and can do so on the first floor of City Hall (100 State St., 2 blocks south of Bushel & Peck's), which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find more helpful resources about voting in Wisconsin, including the ward map for the city of Beloit, visit the Student Engagement and Leadership page.

Interested in some of the activities mentioned above? Contact: