Non-partisan student ‘walking buddies’ available for early voting beginning Oct. 20

In-person absentee voting (early voting) begins on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Marquette’s Center for Community Service and Marquette Votes has “Walking buddies” available to escort groups of eligible student voters from campus to the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building (841 N Broadway).

Walking buddies will be non-partisan students. They will escort groups of five or fewer students on foot to the voting location and back. Estimated travel time from campus one-way is 26 minutes. Sign-ups for a walking buddy are available during daylight hours only.

Students will meet and depart campus from the east entrance of AMU. Students are advised to plan to spend two to three hours for the trip (more on Saturday).

Request a walking buddy via MUEngage.

Please note that before the walk, students must:

  • Obtain a voter ID card
    • Students may need to go to AMU’s Union Station in advance to apply for and acquire their MU Voter ID Card (Union Station is open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
  • Print a fee Statement Receipt
    • Students may also need to print a Fee Statement Receipt via CheckMarq prior to departure. In Wisconsin, physical hard copies of these documents are required to register to vote.
  • Display their green COVID Cheq pass
  • Wear a mask (except when asked by a worker to temporarily remove it to confirm identity for voter registration and voting purposes)
  • Maintain social distancing on the walk and at the facility

In-person absentee voting information:

  • When: Voting is open Tuesday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • NOTE: Walking buddies are not available on Saturday, Oct. 31, or Sunday, Nov. 1.
  • Where: The Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building, Room 102 (841 N Broadway) – according to Google Maps, this is a 26-minute walk (1.3 miles).
  • What else you need to know:
    • Eligible students can register to vote and vote absentee in-person at this location, however registration is not available on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
    • Milwaukee Elections Commission staff will be available to help people register to vote, in-person absentee vote and provide a witness signature for your absentee ballot

For more information on registering to vote in Wisconsin, visit the Marquette Voter Information website.