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Get out and Vote

November 5, 2018
By Whitney Helm
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Tomorrow is election day! Your vote will decide the next governor, attorney general, secretary of state, United States senators, and many other public servants. There are also two Rock County Referendums on the ballot--one on the legalization of cannabis and the other on the Dark Store loopholes, which currently allow commercial retail properties to significantly reduce the assessed valuation and property tax of such properties.

While midterm elections have historically had a low turnout that seems to be changing this year. Forty percent of Americans under 30 will vote according to a poll from the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The poll results show an increase in voters of that age group from both the 2014 and 2016 midterms.

"If students decide not to turn out in this election, we will have no say in legislation regarding educational funding, health care, LGBT rights, climate change, and gun laws. Students can no longer sit back and ignore midterms. We have to actively get out and vote so our voices can be represented in legislation," says Corbin Odom'22.

In order to vote in the City of Beloit, you must be able to:

  • provide a photo ID;
  • be a U. S. citizen;
  • be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • have resided in Beloit for at least 10 days before any Election; and
  • not have lost your right to vote.

All students living on campus can vote at First Congregational Church (801 Bushnell St.), which is located just one block east of the Poetry Garden/Logan Museum on Bushnell. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Students living off campus should check for their polling place. Remember to bring proof of residence (such as a power bill or credit card statement with your name on it) to the polling place. 

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