Vote, donate blood on Election Day

November 5, 2012

MADISON, Wis. - As voters cast their ballots in the general election on Nov. 6, the American Red Cross reminds residents to practice another civic duty on Election Day by donating blood. Madison-area donors are invited to give blood at Madison East High School, which also serves as a polling place, and help support patients in need.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Madison East High School - Room 136
2222 E. Washington Ave., Madison, Wis.

“Election Day is an important day for the entire country, so when choosing our next leader, please also choose to give the gift of life,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross serves more than 3,000 hospitals across the U.S. and these patients rely on the generosity of volunteer blood donors.”

All blood types are currently needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Click here to search for additional blood donation opportunities on Election Day.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at