UW-Madison political groups use personal touch to push students toward polls

Student turnout could be key factor in election
UW-Madison political groups use personal touch to push students toward polls

University of Wisconsin-Madison College Democrats and College Republicans used a personal touch Sunday, trying to win new votes ahead of Tues.’s election.

Keenly aware of the millennial generation’s Election Day importance, for the first time College Republicans handed out fliers outside the East Campus mall, while College Democrats chose a more personal touch, going door to door.

“College Republicans have usually just gone to the Victory Center and make calls to other Republicans. But we’re getting out and talking to students,” UW-Madison College Republican Chair Charlie Hoffman said.

“It’s mostly just about having those short conversations, and making sure people have the information they need to head to the polls,” UW-Madison College Democrat Chair Hayley Young said.

Government Accountability Board numbers show out of the more than 4.4 million voters eligible to vote in this midterm election, about 20 percent are 18 to 29 years old.  If those young voters end up voting at the same levels as 2012, that is more than 487,000 votes.  If the numbers are more in line with the 2010 midterm election, that would mean more than 235,000 young votes.

Gov. Scott Walker’s promise to continue a tuition freeze is the Republican’s biggest selling point.  The Democrats say when they talk to student voters, specific programs’ funding being cut is why they say they will choose Mary Burke.