Gear Up to Vote tour comes to BTC

Democracy is built on the strength of citizen participation in the political process and on August 30, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin promoted that participation to Blackhawk Technical College students and area residents.

Volunteers from the non-partisan group brought their patriotic, attention-getting “Gear Up to Vote” mini-van to the BTC Resource Fair at the Central Campus, to register voters, provide the general public with voting information and to answer questions about photo ID’s, registration, polling locations and more.

“Our main goal for the Gear Up to Vote tour is to make sure people understand everything they need to know about voting before the election,” said Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.  “Providing proof of residence to register and how to use your student ID card for voting are common questions we get from students so our hope is that we helped BTC students and other people learn what they need to know about the process.”

“Having the League of Women Voters come to our Resource Fair was a great opportunity to encourage students to take part in the upcoming election," said Alicia Acker, BTC Student Engagement Specialist.  "Our students look for ways to actively engage with their communities. Some of our students are first time voters so having the League on campus was very helpful.”

The BTC Resource Fair was just one of several stops for the League of Women Voter’s “Gear Up to Vote” tour.  The organization is taking their efforts on the road throughout Wisconsin until mid-October, with members of 18 local leagues steering people in the right direction relating to voting procedures and elections. The van is making stops at libraries, neighborhoods, fairs, farmer’s markets, college campuses and festivals, with locations being added on a regular basis, according to Erin Grunze, voter education coordinator for the group. For tour stop recaps, van schedules and more, go to