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Upcoming Elections and Voter Information
Upcoming Elections and Voter Information:
Spring Primary: February 21, 2017
The two leading candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be chosen in the February 21 Spring Primary. In the race are the incumbent Tony Evers, who has the support of public school advocates, and two challengers -- John Humphries and Lowell Holtz -- who favor vouchers to attend private schools. More information about these candidates can be found on their websites:
Spring Election: April 4, 2017
State offices to be elected are State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge (Districts 1, 2 and 4), and Circuit Court Judge. There are also local school board elections in some areas.
New Free State ID Card Policy for People without Birth Certificates
The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has a new policy to help people get a free state ID card, click here to learn more.
Where to Vote
The State of Wisconsin has updated their website for checking your voting status. It can now be found at: https://myvote.wi.gov/. There, you can see where to vote and what your sample ballot will look like by simply putting in your address. You can also enter your name and see if you are registered to vote.
Voter Photo ID in Wisconsin
The U.S. Supreme Court on Mar. 23, 2015 cleared the way for enforcement of Wisconsin’s voter ID law. If you want to be issued a ballot so you can vote, then you must provide "Proof of Identity" or POI. Acceptable proof of identity can be found by clicking here. If you are not registered to vote, then you will both Proof of Identity and "Proof of Residency" or POR. Acceptable proof of residency can be found by clicking here. For more information about this please go to the Wisconsin Elections Commission webiste.
Voting Early or Absentee
Request an Absentee Ballot
Click here to learn about requesting an Absentee Ballot. This can all be done by mail or you can contact your town, village or city clerk’s office during office hours. If you live in a town, contact your town clerk via phone to set up an appointment to vote. Don’t know who your clerk is? Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/ . Enter your name and date of birth, and at the bottom of the page that comes up you will find contact information for your municipal clerk.
Vote Early in Person at the Clerk’s Office
Absentee voting in the clerk’s office is now restricted to the two weeks before an election. Absentee voting ends at the close of business the Friday before the election. The new law prohibits absentee voting and voter registration the Saturday, Sunday or Monday before an election. To vote early go to your town, village or city clerk’s office during office hours or contact your town clerk via phone to set up an appointment to vote.
Voter Registration Changes
If you have not registered to vote, you are encouraged to register now!
You can register to vote up until the Friday before the election or on Election Day. You must reside at your address for 28 consecutive days to be eligible to vote, and you may no longer use a corroborating witness as proof of residence. Proof of residence is required when registering less than 20 days before an election, on Election Day, and for first time Wisconsin voters registering by mail. For more information on acceptable proof of residence documents contact your local municipal clerk.
Learn More about the Candidates
A good resource for learning more about the candidates running on a statewide basis is Wisconsin Vote a service of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.
LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH about controversial political ads or claims?
Check out POLITIFACT WISCONSIN which is a nonpartisan fact-checking website that focuses on truth-telling in Wisconsin politics. FactCheck.org provides invaluable information on the national political scene. For Internet Rumors: See FactCheck Viral Spiral at http://factcheck.org/hot-topics/ or Snopes at http://www.snopes.com/politics/politics.asp
Interested in running for Office Yourself?
The Wisconsin Election Commission has information about what it takes to get your name on the ballot. Click here to go to their site and learn more.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWV) is another resource you can go turn to for information about what it takes to run for an office. Here is a link to their website.