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SSA efforts help students prepare to vote on Election Day

October 29, 2012

Many UW-Stout students are ready to vote on Election Day, thanks to the efforts of the Stout Student Association, the student government organization.

The SSA has taken several steps to get out the student vote Tuesday, Nov. 6.

• The SSA, working with certified registration deputies from the community, has helped about 500 students register to vote this month. The SSA had registration tables at three high-traffic sites on campus three days a week through Oct. 17.

Troy Nelson“I don’t think it could have gone any better,” said Troy Nelson, SSA president. “The whole registration process took about eight minutes per person.”

Nelson credited Steve DeGreeff, SSA director of Legislative Affairs, for overseeing the project.

Registration is required if someone is voting for the first time in Wisconsin or has changed their address or name. Voters must provide proof of residency. The SSA helps students with a UW-Stout enrollment verification form, which establishes proof of residency.

The SSA, which has eight executives and 23 senators, has laptop computers and printers to help make the application process go smoothly.

• Students can continue to register prior to Election Day at the SSA in the Memorial Student Center or Dunn County Government Center, 800 Wilson Ave. On Election Day, the SSA will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• A link called Vote 2012 on the SSA Web page has information about how students can register, where to vote and the Voter ID law, which is tied up in court and will not affect the election.

• To encourage a high student turnout, the SSA is working with Dunn County Transit bus service to change Election Day routes through campus so that they will go past polling places. Most UW-Stout students will vote either at Merle M. Price Commons on campus, the Government Center or National Guard Armory on the south side of Menomonie, Nelson said.

“We’re expecting a big turnout,” Nelson said.

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