The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has had an active program in civic engagement, promoting volunteerism, internships and community based learning projects. In 2006, it was part of the American Democracy project, preparing students for active participation in the 2008 election process through cooperatives across diverse departments and community partners. Community engagement is a nationally recognized hallmark of distinction for UW-Parkside embedded in an institutional commitment fostering civic-minded students, alumni, staff and faculty who provide scholarship, leadership, resources and services to the local and global community.
During the Fall semester of Presidential elections, the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies leads a campus wide Election Experience for students, community members, and staff. In 2016, UW-Parkside’s voting rate was 56.7%, more than 6 points over the national average.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER TO VOTE?
To register in Wisconsin, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a resident of Wisconsin and have resided at the registration address for at least 28 days prior to the election
- Be 18 years old
- Not have been convicted of treason, felony or bribery, or if you have, your civil rights have been restored after completion of your sentence or a pardon
- Not have been found by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the electoral process
- Not make or benefit from a bet or wage depending on the result of an election
DOES WI OFFER SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION?
Yes, Wisconsin does offer registration on Election Day. You must not have voted at any other location, if registering on Election Day.
HOW DO I VOTE IN PERSON?
Vote Early | Wisconsin voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can vote absentee at your local municipal clerk’s office.
Vote on Election Day | Voters registered in Wisconsin can look up where to vote on Wisconsin’s site
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WHEN I VOTE?
- You will need to show a photo ID to vote in Wisconsin. An acceptable photo ID is not required to contain a current address. These photo IDs are acceptable and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election.
- Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- Wisconsin DOT-issued ID card; military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service; U.S. passport; an ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
- Obtain a UW Parkside voter ID
- An unexpired veteran’s photo ID card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
- An unexpired certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election
- A unexpired driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
- An unexpired ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days).
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide photo ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will not count unless you provide an acceptable photo ID to your municipal clerk in person by 4:00 p.m. the Friday after the election.
HOW DO I MAIL-IN VOTE?
Wisconsin will mail all registered voters an application to vote absentee prior to the election. You can request an absentee ballot for WI via the link below.
- The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Thursday, October 29, 2020.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
WHERE CAN I BUY A STAMP?
Stamps can be purchased on-line and at the UW-Parkside Student Center Campus Concierge desk. Some local municipalities include postage on the absentee ballot envelope. If postage is not included, the recommendation is two stamps per ballot.
KEY DATES AND DEADLINES
KEY DATES AND DEADLINES
Election Day | NOV 3
In person | OCT 30
Absentee Ballot Deadlines
Request | Received by OCT 29
Return by mail | Received by NOV 3 by 8:00 p.m.
In person | OCT 20-NOV 1
Dates and hours may vary based on where you live
ELECTION EXPERIENCE COURSE
FALL 2020 | GNED 193
Engage with the 2020 Presidential Election through this uniquely styled, event based class.This course is a general education option and inclusive to all majors!
- Event attendance (percentage based)
- Reflective writings
- Poster presentations
- Debate watch parties
- Speaker presentations
- Brown bag lunch discussions
CSSPS hired three Engagement Fellows to lead campus with voter registration, voter education and voter engagement for the November 2020 election. Fellows will develop and implement a plan on remote voter engagement. They also work with their campus administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders to help register and engage students in the election process. Get ready to hear more from these three UW-Parkside students, as we roll into fall!
UW-Parkside takes part in NSLVE (National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement). For the 2016 election, analysis was based on the voting records of 9,784,931 million students at 1,023 higher education institutions. The study found that 48.3% of all students voted in the 2016 presidential election, which significant variations by race gender, field of student, institution type, and more. 2016 was the second election year that UW-Parkside has participated in the study, in which our university ranked higher in voter turn out than the national average.