Many voters at UWM are still undecided

Posted at 6:11 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 19:19:17-04

Wisconsin election leaders are projecting a voter turnout of nearly 70 percent. A figure similar to 2008 and 2012 general elections. 

A big question is how large of a role will first-time voters play in this election cycle. 

With just four days to the election, the decision is weighing on the minds of undecided students on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. 

"I’m not sure who I want to vote for or even if I do because both candidates, in my opinion, are unfit for the job they have to commit to,” said junior Joe Fiala. 

"I have friends who are trying to talk me into Hillary and then my dad’s over there talking to me about Donald Trump,” added junior Erin Falk.  
Others like Courtney Cazzola have already cast a ballot. 

"I would have to go with Hillary Clinton, but honestly I don’t like either candidate,” Cazzola said. 
UWM has set up booths to encourage students to exercise their right to vote by providing information on obtaining a voter ID and finding polling places. More than 1,200 students have registered to vote on campus. 

"It’s a bit tense,” Cazzola said. "Everyone has a different side and everyone is a little more excited than usual elections I’ve seen.”

UWM professor Mordecai Lee said that’s carrying over from high voter turnout for of-age teens and 20-somethings from the past two elections.   

"I would say that the student body at UWM is much more politicized than it was ten years ago,” Lee said.  

"You see it all over social media,” Fiala said. 

Students like Fiala said they’re ready for November 9, but even then some say they aren’t excited about what happens after. 

"I’m kind of worried about it,” Fiala said.

UWM students won’t have to travel far to vote on Tuesday. There are three polling places on campus.

The following information was provided by the university:
  • Students residing at Cambridge Commons Residence Hall will vote at the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place. 
  • Students residing at Riverview Residence Hall will vote at Gordon Park Pavilion, 1321 E. Locust St.
  • Student residing in Sandburg Residence Hall will vote in the Green Room on the first floor of Sandburg Residence Hall, 3400 N. Maryland Ave.