UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The next election is the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information about the upcoming election, visit My Vote Wisconsin or the Wisconsin Elections Commission website. To see what will be on your ballot, click here.
River Falls residents have three options for voting in the General Election:
1) via your mail-in absentee ballot;
2) in-person voting at City Hall from Oct. 20-30; and
3) at your polling place on Nov. 3. For more information visit myvote.wi.gov or www.rfcity.org/375/Elections.
The City of River Falls ward boundaries and voting locations can be found here.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the City of River Falls is recommending that all eligible voters vote absentee.
Those voting in person will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines and adhere to instructions from poll workers.
Those under quarantine may vote in-person, but they should be reminded to wear a mask and stay distanced from other voters and poll workers.
Those under isolation (active cases) should consider curbside voting, which is allowed in Wisconsin for those with medical conditions that make in-building voting difficult (Wis. Stat. § 6.82(1)). If someone intends to curbside vote, they should contact their municipal clerk by searching here prior to Election Day.
An additional option for individuals in quarantine or isolation is to utilize the hospitalized voter procedure where they would appoint and agent to pick up their ballot for them from City Hall anytime in the week prior to the election, up through Election Day.
Wisconsin now requires a photo ID to vote. Visit bringit.wi.gov to check if you have the correct type of ID. If you do not, UW-River Falls provides Voter ID cards to students. Visit our Voter ID knowledge base to learn more.
Aug. 3, 2016, update from University of Wisconsin System Legal Counsel: The requirement for voters to present photo ID is still in effect in Wisconsin. Recently, two federal judges issued opinions related to the Wisconsin voter ID law. Both of those opinions explicitly state that they made no changes to any voting laws for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Both judges also upheld the basic concept of requiring photo ID at the polls. No changes to our campus processes and procedures are required at this time.
If this is your first time voting in Wisconsin, you will need to register and can do so in multiple ways. Check the Voter Registration Guide to review your options. If you are unsure if you are registered, check the Voter Search Database.
All UWRF students who reside in River Falls, on or off campus, can establish residency and register to vote in River Falls. If you are establishing residency in River Falls for the first time, you can print out a Wisconsin Voter Verification form from eSIS (bottom right corner, under "Resources" – be sure your home address is showing up as your River Falls address before printing the form). You will use that form, along with a valid photo ID, to register to vote. For further information about residency for students, visit http://www.gab.wi.gov/voters/students.
To learn about student and employee political campaign activity regulations, read the UWRF guidance as well as the UW System Political Campaign Activities Memo and the Guidance on Political Campaign Activities at UW System Institutions Document.
DISCLAIMER: This information is meant to give UW-River Falls students the basic information they need to vote in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all voting rules. For more comprehensive information about voting in Wisconsin, visit My Vote Wisconsin and in Minnesota, visit MN Votes. Additionally, this guide does not provide any information about voting in elections in other U.S. states.