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UW-RF Students Will Exercise Voting Rights in November

SEPT. 29, 2006--For many UW-River Falls students, the September primary and November general election will represent the first time they will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

Many other students will return to the polls after having participated in a record turnout during the 2004 general election, when the number of registered voters doubled from the previous election.

Assisting UW-RF students in the election process of a nonpartison voter registration and education committee, River Falls Votes. Made up of faculty, staff and students, it will provide several services to students:

·Information on how to register to vote both for Wisconsin and Minnesota residents. The committee will support efforts to assist students to register to vote in River Falls, where eligibility is gained after living in Wisconsin for 10 days.

·Nonpartisan information on the campaign issues and election contests.

·Work with the city of River Falls for efficient registration and voting processes on Nov. 7 to shorten the wait as students and local residents cue up at Rodli Commons, the campus polling place.

The committee also expects to schedule visits to campus by candidates for seats in the Wisconsin Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate.

Through these efforts, the RF Votes hopes to build on the historic young voter turnout in the 2004 elections. UW-RF is participating in a nonpartisan project to register young voters in the 2006 election cycle, part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' 30-state project to register students.  

School administrators and students at 80 colleges and universities will register young voters using a mix of peer-to-peer outreach, encouragement from professors, email, and direct mail. The AASCU and UW-RF projects are part of a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register 350,000 voters in 2006, coordinated by Young Voter Strategies and funded by a $3 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Joining UW-RF in that Wisconsin effort are the University of Wisconsin System campuses at Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Platteville and Stevens Point.

Massive outreach efforts in 2004 resulted in young voter turnout increasing 11 percentage points over 2000 levels--more than four million more young voters in 2004. In 2004, UW-RF doubled the number of its students who registered to vote from registrations in 2002.

Experts contend that the unprecedented amount of youth-oriented outreach in 2004 is the most significant reason for this jump.

To build on 2004, the Young Voter Strategies project will register 350,000 18-29 year olds nationwide. UW-RF will use such techniques as innovative Internet and e-mail, streamlined student-to-student outreach, presentations by professors, and creative outreach by musicians.

Students can find complete information about the upcoming registration and election activities online at



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