Kicking off early voting in Madison, U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold encouraged students to get out and vote at a rally Monday.

Early voting allows Wisconsin residents to get their vote in six weeks before the Nov. 8 election, Sandra Miller, Common Cause in Wisconsin’s spokesperson said. This can help students who have other conflicts and cannot vote on election day.

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Over 50 people met at the early vote rally on Capitol Square. Feingold said in an email to The Badger Herald that early voting makes it easier for people to vote on their own schedule. He said every vote counts towards Wisconsin’s future.

Go ahead and vote before Election Day, bring a friend with you, and together we can make an economy that works for all Wisconsinites, not just corporate special interests and billionaires.” Feingold said.

Feingold emphasized his support for Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton and called on voters to support her in November. Clinton said in a statement that Wisconsin’s vote in 2012 was decided by an average of just 33 votes per precinct. She said the state’s vote is important in deciding the outcome of the election.

On-campus early voting locations open Oct. 24. A full list of early voting locations can be found here.

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Miller said students can vote early in just a few simple steps. Students need to have the correct ID and make sure they are registered to vote. They can then go to the nearest early voting location and cast their vote.

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