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Voting Information for 10 Select States
UW-Madison has significant numbers of students from these states
November 3, 2020: All states have elections.
Online registration: Eight of these states have Online Voter Registration - OVR. Michigan and New Jersey do not.
Absentee ballot return postage: Of these states, only CA, MN and WI provide the postage to return the ballot. For the others, the voter provides the stamp.
*If you do not have these documents, the website will assist you in printing and mailing an application.
** In Michigan, a person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which they participate. There does not appear to be an ID requirement for absentee.
***In Minnesota, an absentee ballot must be witnessed by a registered MN voter, or notary.
****Must update DMV info as part of online registration
Primary dates and links for all states, by the US Vote Foundation.
NCSL is the source of information on voter ID.
States may have additional election dates for local offices.
You must be 18 and a U.S. citizen to register and vote.
Vote from your campus address. Once a student has established residency at a campus address, the student may vote using the student’s campus address until the student establishes a new voting residence. Vote at your local campus-area polling place. You will need to register each time you move.
Alternatively, vote from your home address. A student may register to vote from a home address (in Wisconsin or another state) if the student has not yet registered to vote from a campus address. This may be a good option for those eligible for online registration and who also plan to vote via absentee ballot.
Links to the online voter registration systems of 38 states (scroll down): http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/electronic-or-online-voter-registration.aspx
For states not in the table, Google “state name secretary of state”, or “state name board of elections”.
UW headcount data by geographic origin: https://www.wisconsin.edu/education-reports-statistics/student-statistics/
Origin of UW-Madison students from U.S.: WI 60%; MN 10%; IL 10%; CA 3%; NY 2.5%; NJ 1.3%; MI 1%; MA 1%; PA 1%; OH 0.6%.
"One of our missions as an American educational institution is to prepare and encourage everyone who passes through the university to be an active, engaged citizen. Voting is one important aspect of this. It is essential to our democratic form of government and a responsibility that comes with citizenship." -From UW-Madison'sChancellor Rebecca Blank's blog, January 29, 2016
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