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Registering to vote

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As seniors at Stevens Point Area High School (SPASH) turn 18, they have the opportunity to become a registered voter. However, many seniors don’t know how, or why, they should register to vote for the next statewide election which is April 2.

Senior Nathan Roth said he hasn’t registered yet because he wasn’t sure how. “… I wanted to register, but I had no idea how to, so I kind of let it go,” Roth said.

The easiest method of registration is through My Vote Wisconsin. All you need is a valid Wisconsin driver’s license. Alternately, if the voter doesn’t have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, they can provide proof of residence in Wisconsin.

The most common way to register is at the polling station the day of the election. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on election day and all that is required is proof of residence.

Another popular option is in-person registration. The voter must go to the City Clerk’s office on the Friday before the election with proof of residence.

Registering by mail is less common. One must complete a form, which can be obtained from the City Clerk’s office, and mail it back to the City Clerk with proof of residence.

Most likely the least heard of method of voter registration is through a Special Registration Deputy (SRD). SRDs are specially trained volunteers who travel to distant communities to register people who may not be able to access the City Clerk’s office.


4 Responses to “Registering to vote”

  1. Naomi Clendenning on February 28th, 2019 2:23 PM

    This article was written to the point, which is very helpful given an important, relevant topic such as registering to vote. It is good that you wrote multiple ways to register and vote to give people options.

  2. Tigist on February 28th, 2019 2:26 PM

    I enjoyed reading your article. It was informal and states real situations teens deal when it comes to voting. The facts and directions to how one can vote is accurate and well explained.

  3. Nick Peotter on February 28th, 2019 2:29 PM

    Good job getting the information about this out there. Seems like everyone forgets about the power of voting right after a major election which is kind of a shame, but all of the election commercials and finger pointing gets on my nerves after a while which could be another reason they don’t vote.

  4. Ariana Sotelo on February 28th, 2019 2:36 PM

    This is a very important topic to talk about due to the fact that people need to know more about registering to vote because it affects our whole country. I think that it was good to add more information about how to register to vote too in case someone doesn’t know how.

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