The University of Wisconsin Madison is seeking to incorporate voter registration in multiple aspects of students’ lives this fall. As students returned to the dorms this week, bus pass distribution also began. In conjunction with bus pass distribution, students have the opportunity to register to vote. The voter registration is in the same room where students pick up their bus pass to allow easy access to both. The student Vote Coordinator, Billy Welsh, at UW-Madison has worked closely with the Dane County League of Women Voters to help out with the registering. Generally, students do most of the registering on campus, but with the busy schedule of returning to campus students were unable to fill all the spaces. Developing this community partnership has helped UW-Madison in registering 300 students in the last 3 days! Students shuffle in to get their bus pass in groups with friends. If one student’s interest is peaked by the voter registration table, it is likely that the whole group will come over. This voter registration example highlights how a school can identify a place where students already are and combine registration with the event. Billy at UW-Madison has planned several similar tactics throughout the year such as tables in the dining halls and libraries.
Do you have questions about the UW-Madison registration? Send them to the Wisconsin CEEP Coordinator Jacquelyn Moss at Jacquelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org, she can connect you with Billy!