Wisconsin’s recall elections will take place Tuesday, and for many nonresident University of Minnesota students wanting to participate in the election, returning to Wisconsin may not be an option. The historic recall election is a rematch of the 2010 governor’s race that Scott Walker won. After most Wisconsin public workers lost their collective bargaining rights, many called for this recall election. Walker again faces Tom Barrett, currently the mayor of Milwaukee. Absentee ballots allow Wisconsin students a chance to vote from out of state.
Students living at the University have to request their absentee ballot by Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m. to be counted. In-person ballots must be requested by 5 p.m. Friday. To be eligible, residents must register and prove their residency. There are many acceptable forms of identification, but voters must use their driver’s license number if issued one.
First-time voters must also include a copy of a document that provides proof of residence, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Residents can register to vote in person, at their municipal clerk’s office within their voting district or at the polls on Election Day, said Reid Magney, public information officer for the GAB. Mailed registration forms were due 20 days before the election.