Online registration begins Sept. 18 for presidential debate ticket lottery

Students, faculty and staff of Wake Forest University can begin registering Sept. 18 for tickets to the presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 11 in Wait Chapel.

Registration for the presidential debate ticket lottery will be held online through the Wake Forest homepage, Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 18 and end at midnight on Oct. 6. Chances of winning are not influenced by when you register during that period.

University officials do not know how many, if any, tickets will be issued to Wake Forest. Anyone with a valid Wake Forest identification card is eligible to register for the ticket lottery, including students, faculty and staff of the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

Staff members without access to a computer can register Sept. 25 through Sept. 29 in the Student Development office located in Room 317 of Benson University Center. The office will be open to offer registration help from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff members can receive help from the information desk in the Benson Center from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 25-29.

To register for the ticket lottery, students, faculty and staff will access Wake Forest’s homepage and click on the debate logo. From the presidential debate page they will click on a special, easy-to-find link indicating “tickets.” This is the lottery registration page.

An online form will appear requesting the person’s ID number and the first four letters of their last name.

Students, faculty and staff on the Reynolda Campus will enter the first eight digits of the number found on the bottom left of their Wake Forest ID card. Those who need a new ID card should contact the ID shop in Benson University Center at 758-7777 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Each student, faculty, or staff member with a WIN account can also find this number on the Personal Info screen under the Personal tab in WIN. The number is labeled “student ID” or “employee ID” on that screen.

Faculty and staff on the Bowman Gray Campus will enter the ID number found on their paycheck. The seven-digit number is to the right of their name and address in a box indicating “employee ID number.”

Students on the Bowman Gray Campus may get their ID number from the registrar’s office or their program offices.

All university students, faculty and staff will then enter the first four letters of their last name.

If the last name consists of fewer than four letters, enter the entire last name. If the last name contains an apostrophe, space or other punctuation, omit that when entering the name. For example, Van Horne should enter “vanh;” O’Neal should enter “onea.”

To submit the information into the lottery database, simply click the “register me” icon.

The drawing for tickets will be held Oct. 10. One hundred alternate names will be drawn in the event that additional tickets become available at the last minute. If ticket availability is still unknown at the time of the drawing, a large number of names will be drawn and put on a list, in the order in which they are drawn.

Further details about the drawing will be announced at a later date, including where it will take place and how winners will be notified. Initial plans call for winners to be posted online and in prominent locations on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses.

Plans are also being made in Winston-Salem to distribute debate tickets to the public if tickets become available for them.

According to a plan announced Sept. 15, members of the off-campus community interested in a ticket should mail a four-inch by six-inch postcard to the office of Jack Cavanagh, Jr., Mayor-City of Winston-Salem, P.O. Box 2511, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27102. Along with their address and phone number, the sender should write the words “debate ticket” on the back of the card.

All cards must be postmarked by Sept. 25. If tickets become available, a drawing would take place the day of the debate, Oct. 11.

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