Push for Wisconsin student vote continues

Today, the day after the vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. It’s the latest is a series of high-profile campus visits. Last week, on the heels of the presidential debate, President Barack Obama visited the university of Wisconsin-Madison. Earlier, Michelle Obama visited Lawrence University in Appleton and Biden visited the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“It tells you that the student vote and universities, getting them excited is extremely important,” said Joe Heim, a University of Wisconsin La Crosse political scientist. “Wisconsin is clearly a battleground state. “They feel they’ve got to win it.”

A greater number of students indicate they aren’t going to vote this year, something the campaigns have been working to address.

Heim said the UW campuses have generally have had a good record of turning out the vote, regardless of party. He said this year, there is a lot of voter registration activity happening on his campus, as well as active Democratic and Republican student groups.

Today’s La Crosse campus event is being held in the Valhalla rooms, which have a capacity of 900. Michelle Obama spoke in the room in the 2008 campaign. The room is part of the Cartwright Center student union.

On Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student senate voted, with one dissenter, to allow the event to take place

“They control the building,” Heim said.

About Ben Jones

Investigative reporter for Gannett Wisconsin Media, based in Madison. Wisconsin correspondent for USA Today.
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