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Students Pumped for Primary

By Robert J. Hughes
UWRF University Communications

FEB. 11, 2008 The River Falls Votes Project sponsored by the Legislative Affairs Committee of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Student Senate with assistance from Lu Ann Hecht, the River Falls city clerk has pre-registered more than 500 students to vote for the upcoming Presidential and Local Primary Election scheduled for Feb. 19, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"We've got a sizable amount of [UWRF] students registered, now we just need to remind everyone to vote," said Craig Witte, Student Senate legislative affairs director.

Witte notes that Wisconsin employees working on Election Day should make note that the state has a "time off for voting" law. If an employee finds it impossible to vote during non-work hours, they can fill out a request prior to Election Day for up to three successive hours of time off to vote. The employer is allowed to choose when during the shift the employee may leave to vote and does not have to pay the employee for the absence.

If a person has not already registered to vote they may do so at the city clerk's office of River Falls up to the day of the election, Witte says.

Once a person is pre-registered to vote, he or she will not need to bring identification to the polls but will be required only to state their name and address so the poll workers can locate them on the polling list. Then the pre-registered voter will be given a ballot and may proceed to the voting area.

In contrast, if someone is not pre-registered to vote the person will need to bring proof of residence at a present location for at least 10 days preceding the election. Acceptable forms of proof of residence must include full name and address. Common forms of proof of residence include an official identification card or ID with photo and address, check or any other document issued by a unit of government, a utility bill for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day, a bank statement or a paycheck.

Students who live on campus may vote Feb. 19 in the Falls Room (004) on the lower level of the University Center. Other voters may visit to find their polling location.

For more information contact Witte at 763-742-4927 or email


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