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A Message from WIU Interim President Martin Abraham: Register to Vote

October 13, 2020

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Dear University Community,

I'd like to remind our University community that if you have not yet registered to vote, you still have time to do so. Individuals can register to vote online at Sunday, Oct. 18 is the last day to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website.

Two of our professors, Dr. Julia Albarracin and Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, who are also members of the McDonough County League of Women Voters, have been working to provide information to our students regarding how to register to vote. According to Drs. Albarracin and McIlvaine-Newsad, in 2020, Millennials and Generation Z students will comprise the largest share of eligible voters.

Individuals in the Macomb region can also visit the McDonough County Voter Registration Office, in the basement of the McDonough County Courthouse, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m.-noon the three Saturdays before the election, or visit for more information. For our students, faculty, and staff in the Rock Island County (Quad Cities) region, you can register at the Rock Island County Clerk's Office located in the County Office Building at 1504 3rd Ave. in Rock Island, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or visit for more information. Students, faculty and staff who reside outside of McDonough and Rock Island counties should check their local county clerk site for voter registration information. When registering to vote in person, you will need to present two forms of identification, with at least one showing your current residence address.

As I've mentioned in previous letters regarding this year's election, discussions with your classmates, friends and others are encouraged. Be respectful and civil, and refrain from hateful, racist and violent discourse. As an institution of higher education, we take great pride in our ability to interact and learn from each other in a way that is respectful, civil and kind.

Thank you, take care, and exercise your right to vote. Let your voices be heard.

Martin Abraham
Interim President

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