POLK COUNTY -- A habit of civic participation or concern about the state of government affairs are common factors in determining if someone will vote in an election. In recent elections, some people have gone to the polls to vote, but discovered that their name was removed from the poll book if they hadn’t voted in several (four) prior elections. Students in the class of 2018 have demonstrated an enormous capacity to affect change and engage in civic affairs. Most of those students need to register to vote, if they haven’t already. If you are a new resident, or have moved within the county, you may also need to register to vote.
The League of Women Voters Upper St. Croix Valley has partnered with Luck Community Education and invited Wanda Hinrichs, Burnett County Clerk, to offer a workshop to guide citizens through the voter registration process. Hinrichs will provide an overview of the laws and regulations regarding voter registration. People who attend the workshop will learn how to guide others through the online registration (http://myvote.wi.gov), learn what documents are needed to prove residency, and more. Helping people register to vote is something every ordinary citizen can do, so this workshop is for all of us who are concerned about democracy.
The workshop is open to everyone; you need not be a member of the League (which welcomes men and women). It will be held Tues., July 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Luck High School’s band room; signs will be posted. There is no fee to participate; refreshments will be served. For more information, call Marilyn at 715.463.5398.
The primary is coming soon--August 14. Offices up for election are governor, US Senator, US Representative, and Wisconsin Assembly seats. In Polk County, there’s a contest for sheriff. It’s not too early to register to vote or to help the new voter in your household to register, or to inquire if your new neighbors are registered to vote and show them how. Civic engagement makes our communities, our county, our state and nation stronger. Be part of the solution!