UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The next election is the Special Election for St. Croix County residents only on May 12, 2020. 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.
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.
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. The Carding Office is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions; students who have no other valid form of photo ID may request a photo ID in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 8 a.m., April 6, 2020. We will work with you individually to make arrangements for a Voter ID.
August 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, August 9th. 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.