Advocates hoping to up early voter registration

Published: Sep. 25, 2018 at 7:50 PM CDT
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In recent weeks we’ve seen a hefty amount of political flyers, emails and ads – as both sides of the political aisle prepare for the November election.

For many of us, that means it’s once again time to register to vote.

Voting advocates are hoping to center in on those who haven’t yet registered to vote, or are more likely not to register at all. That’s groups like college students, or people under 30-years-old.

Last month, Brown County had a registered voting population of 133,036, with a statewide total of 3,112,905.

Already this month, Brown County registered voter totals reach 133,831 – 800 more voters than the previous month. The statewide number grew by about 25,000 – now totaling at 3,137,954.

That’s something many voters are excited to see.

“Wisconsin is a really divided state, and every vote counts here,” says Avir Waxman, field organizer for NextGen Wisconsin.

That’s why voting advocates are being proactive, canvassing campuses like UW-Green Bay, to encourage early voter registration.

“In the past about month, we've talked with 1/6 of the campus, which is over 11 hundred people,” Waxman tells Action 2 News.

Groups like NextGen work to bring a voice to younger voters – namely students.

“This is an incredibly important election,” Waxman says. “In Wisconsin every rep to the House of Representatives is up for election. One of the senators is up for election, and what I think is most convincing is the governor is up for election.”

In both the 2010 and 2014 elections, as well as the 2012 recall election, Governor Scott Walker won by about 52 percent. That’s why experts say your vote matters, regardless of your political party.

“It doesn't matter what side of the spectrum you're on, that is two percent,” Waxman explains. “If you want Scott Walker in, you need to vote to make sure he maintains that. If you want Scott Walker out, you need to vote to make sure he loses that two percent.”

The coming election is scheduled for Tuesday November 6th.