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  •  Thank you, CC. (2+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, Cream City

    Milwaukee City is a TINY TINY portion of SD8, and the bits around UWM (and parts of Shorewood as well) are student housing, by-and-large. Even at the best of times, it is hard to get students here to vote. Drives me crazy - they all kvetch about how expensive it is and that tuition keeps rising, but so many of them can't be bothered. I beg them to be involved every election cycle. They just roll their eyes.

    So yes, two elections in summer when they are not there? They aren't gonna be voting. The new voter suppression bill is a problem because if they move in our out of district (which happens on 1 July and 1 August), it makes it very hard to figure out how and where to vote when you're already a low-motivation voter.

    •  Actually, our Wisconsin students (0+ / 0-)

      and others of their age group rank -- in presidential elections, the only time this is measured -- second-highest of all states in the country (behind only Minnesota) in turnout.  We have great GOTV -- again, in regular elections.

      That ought to be truly depressing about students in other states.

      Of course, what you and I see is that students don't get the message to get out to vote much in other elections, try and try as I also do to tell them who sets their tuition (state legislators, influenced a lot by the governor), who influences their everyday lives (state legislators and mayors and alderpersons affecting housing, rents, etc.).

      And yes, you and I also can only agree that past turnout rates ought not be used -- we will have to say this again and again -- in Wisconsin in 2012 for comparisons in such districts, because students and some others will be incredibly disenfranchised by recent changes in voter registration laws here aka voter suppression laws.

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 12:14:24 PM PDT

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    •  p.s. Of course, if Whitefish Bay residents (0+ / 0-)

      lived with what we do around UWM, even got off the freeway to come our way, they easily could see why school-year election turnout rates are silly to use.

      There is so much parking space available in summer!  Of course, many (but not all) of those in school year are commuters from other districts, so. . . .

      They could walk into the Student Union and see that there are so many places to sit!  Not that anyone does, since almost all of the 15 restaurants in the Union are closed in summer.  No customers.  Ergo, no one in the dorms except the summer visitors from Asia and the h.s. cheerleaders.

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 12:21:09 PM PDT

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