Joseph and Audrey Girard of Eau Claire leave City Hall in Eau Claire after voting early on Sept. 26, 2016. Local organization Chippewa Valley Votes will hold voter registration booths at locations around the Chippewa Valley to help people register ahead of the November election.

As November’s midterm elections fast approach, about 35,900 Eau Claire voters are registered — only about 60 percent of all eligible voters in Eau Claire, according to Eau Claire City Clerk Carrie Riepl.

To Carol Craig, that number isn’t high enough — no matter your political party or what you think of the current political climate, every person of voting age should be prepared to head to the polls Nov. 6, she said.

“The importance of democracy has never changed,” said Craig, an organizer of Chippewa Valley Votes’ National Voter Registration Day. “This is how democracy has always worked and continues to work. It is a citizen driven system, so (voting) is always important.” 

Volunteers from CVV, a nonpartisan group, as well as other regional organizations will have voter registration booths set up at several venues, and will be able to assist those who need to register or need a voter photo ID. The event marks the first Eau Claire event addressing National Voter Registration Day. 

“I think the more we communicate the importance of registering, the more people will register and the turnout obviously goes up,” Craig said. “This is all about civic engagement and civic knowledge about what we have to do to maintain a strong and healthy democracy.”

Voter registration booths will be at the following locations Tuesday: 

  •  3 to 7:30 p.m.,  L.E. Phillips Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.  

  •  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave.

  •  4:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Community Table, 320 Putnam St.

  •  7 to 9 p.m., Sojourner House, 618 S. Barstow St.

  •  9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eau Claire Government Center, 721 Oxford Ave.

  •  1 to 3 p.m., Jamf Software, available to all employees.

  •  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., city of Eau Claire elections office, 203 S. Farwell St. 

  •  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Menomonie Market Food Co-op, 814 Main St. E., Menomonie.

  •  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bookends on Main, 214 Main St, Menomonie.

  •  11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Elk Mound High School, 405 University St., Elk Mound.

  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., UW-Stout Memorial Student Center, 302 10th Ave. East, Menomonie.

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dunn County Judicial Center, 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie.

Those wishing to register should bring their drivers’ license or DMV photo ID card that has a current address. If the address listed on the card is not current, registering will require a residency document such as a utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, residential lease or a cellphone bill. 

If someone has moved or changed their name since last voting, they must re-register in order to vote.

For information on other opportunities to register to vote before the elections, visit chippewavalleyvotes.org.

Contact: 715-833-9206, samantha.west@ecpc.com, on Twitter @SamanthaWest196