How To Vote
Most students residing on campus are eligible to vote in the state of Wisconsin.
Am I eligible to vote in Wisconsin?
If you are an on-campus resident during the semester an election takes place, you are most likely eligible to vote in the state of Wisconsin. Check out the Student Residency Guide from the Wisconsin Elections Commission for more information.
Students living on campus also have the option to vote absentee in their hometown. Make sure you are registered and request your absentee ballot well in advance. Visit vote.gov to find information about registration in your home state.
How do I register to vote?
Do I need a special ID to vote?
- Students: You can use your Beloit College Student ID to vote. You may also have to provide proof that you are currently enrolled.
- Faculty/Staff: You will need an appropriate photo ID, such as a Wisconsin drivers license.
- More information about photo ID requirements for Wisconsin.
I want to vote in-person before the election. How can I do that?
Voting early is generally possible at Beloit City Hall, located at 100 State Street, a short walk from campus.
I want to vote in-person on Election Day. How can I do that?
Most elections for students residing on campus take place at the First Congregational Church, located just off campus at 801 Bushnell St. Some primaries and elections may use other polling places. Check MyVote Wisconsin for details on specific election days.
I want to vote absentee. How can I do that?
Request your absentee ballot at the MyVote Wisconsin website. If you do not wish to mail in your absentee ballot, you can drop your ballot off at the designated location. Check the letter that comes with your ballot for more instructions.
- My Vote Wisconsin – The official voting website for the state of Wisconsin. Register to vote, study your ballot, or request an absentee ballot at this website.
- Wisconsin Elections Commission – Administers and enforces Wisconsin Election Laws. Use this site to learn more about election laws and guidelines.
- Campus Vote Project (Wisconsin) – The Campus Vote Project works to normalize and institutionalize student voting by working directly with colleges and universities across the country.
- How To Vote (Wisconsin) – These guides provide a summary of voter registration and voting rules for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Rock The Vote (Wisconsin) – Rock the Vote is a non-profit progressive-aligned organization in the United States whose stated mission is “to engage and build the political power of young people.”
- League of Women Voters (Wisconsin) – The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
- Vote 411 (Wisconsin) – Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information.