Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day; register and make your voice heard

Tuesday, Sept. 22, is National Voter Registration Day. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote.

For more information on voting while at Marquette, visit the Marquette Voter Information.

Due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Election Commission is encouraging eligible Wisconsin voters to vote absentee for the 2020 Presidential General Election Day. Please note: You must already be a registered voter to request an absentee ballot. If you plan to vote in Wisconsin, here are some dates to be aware of:

Oct. 14: Online registration deadline and mail-in registration deadline in Wisconsin for eligible voters. After this date, citizens can register to vote in person at their municipal clerk’s location or at a polling site on Election Day. Find your municipal clerk here.

Oct. 20: Because voting absentee can take up to two weeks to process (this includes your request being processed, the time it takes your ballot to arrive and the time it takes your ballot to travel to your election clerk), the U.S. Postal Service recommends that all absentee voting requests are completed by Oct. 20 to ensure your vote is counted. Remember: Your absentee ballot must be received by an election clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day, otherwise your vote will not be counted.

Oct. 26: A week before Election Day. If you mail in your absentee ballot after this day, it might not reach your election clerk in time. Therefore, to ensure your ballot is received on time, if it’s after Oct. 26 you should drop off your ballot at an approved site (rather than mailing your ballot). Find an approved site by contacting your municipal clerk here.

Oct. 29: The last day a voter can request an absentee ballot to be sent to them. Remember that absentee ballots must be returned to a municipal clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day — therefore, requesting an absentee ballot on this day risks not having your vote counted. If you make your request on this day, you should plan to drop off your absentee ballot at an approved site. Find an approved site by contacting your municipal clerk.

Oct. 30: The last day to register in person at an election office. You can still register in person on Election Day.

Nov. 3: Election Day. Eligible voters can register to vote on Election Day by bringing an acceptable proof of residence and an ID to the polls.