Tips to make your life easier when voting in the presidential election this year

Tuesday, September 22 is National Voter Registration Day

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Almost 3.5 million people living in Wisconsin are registered to vote, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. More than 73,000 of those voters live in La Crosse County.

Overall, nearly two-thirds of the Wisconsin population are registered voters.

With Tuesday being National Voter Registration Day, there are some ways how you can make your life easier before election day.

Many folks in the La Crosse area are already registered to vote in November.

“Yeah, they’re all important. I vote. I always vote,” Jim Auler says.

“I think it’s one of the duties we have as citizens,” says Tia Sneath.

“I would think that it’s the most important election of my lifetime,” Jonathan Idarraga says.

But some haven’t registered, at least not yet.

“I’ve been getting a whole bunch of emails, though,” says Alex Soto. “And I’m looking to do that tonight.”

And whether you’re a new or returning voter, there are some things to remember.

“Registering to vote, especially early, is always better to do in order to avoid lines on election day,” La Crosse city clerk Teri Lehrke said.

Registering online seems like the new way to go in this day and age.

“The My Vote website is the best source of information in Wisconsin,” Lehrke said.

Folks who are already registered can check their registration status.

“If you’re not registered to vote, you can do it fairly quickly on the website if you have a Wisconsin driver license or state ID card,” Wisconsin Elections Commission public information officer Reid Magney said.

People who are planning to vote in Wisconsin for the first time should keep some tips in mind.

“You have to be a resident of Wisconsin 28 days before the election,” Magney said.

“If they do not have a Wisconsin driver license or ID, I would encourage them to get one,” Lehrke said.

Magney says to be cautious of outside groups who send you registration or absentee ballot forms.

“And unfortunately some of these things have errors in them,” Magney said. “They’re not necessarily scams. But these groups just aren’t doing a very good job when they’re trying to help us.”

And when you are ever in doubt about anything, Magney says to contact your municipal clerk’s office.

If you are a college student at UW-La Crosse, Viterbo or Western Technical College, you CAN use your student ID as photo ID to vote in La Crosse, but remember you have to be registered to vote in Wisconsin.

October 14 is the deadline to register online or by mail.

Anyone can also register in their clerk’s office or at a polling place on election day.

For more information on how to register to vote, just visit myvote.wi.gov.

Or you can give the Wisconsin Elections Commission a call at 1-(866)-VOTE-WIS.