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Upcoming Elections and Voter Information
Spring Primary: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - UPDATE: Unofficial Results Tom McGraw ans Eileen Frank advance, see results here: www.nbc15.com/election
For the Dodgeville School Board, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 to determine the two candidates who will be running for school board at-large seat 1 (all in the school district is eligible to vote) at the spring election in April. The candidates are Donald Kreul, Eileen Frank, and Tom McGraw. The board has selected the City of Dodgeville, Town of Dodgeville, and Village of Ridgeway as open polling places. The townships of Brigham and Ridgeway will vote at the Village of Ridgeway. All other municipalities will vote at the City of Dodgeville. Learn more about the candidates from this Dodgeville Chronicle article.
In Lafayette County there is a primary as well, this is what the ballot there looks like:
LAFAYETTE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE - VOTE FOR ONE
GAYLE JEBBIA (Non-Partisan)
DUANE M. JORGENSON (Non-Partisan) - Advances to Spring Election
GUY M. TAYLOR (Non-Partisan)
KATE FINDLEY (Non-Partisan) - Advances to Spring Election
The Darlington Republican Journal had this article on the candidates.
Spring Election: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 State offices elected include Justice of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Judge (District I and III), and Circuit Court Judge. There will also be a Constitutional Amendement on Election of the Chief Justice. For the local elctions, read more from the Dodgeville Chronicle.
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/. You can see where to vote and what your sample ballot will look like by simply putting in your address, click here to try it out. You can also enter your name and see if you are registered to vote, by clicking here.
Voter Photo ID in Wisconsin
The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals stay of the injunction against the voter photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. This means that as of Thursday, October 9, 2014, photo ID is NOT required to vote in Wisconsin. As a result, residents who are eligible to vote will NOT be required to show an ID at the time of voting. Other requirements that are in force include: 28-consecutive day residency, signature on poll list, a shortened timeline for absentee voting (see below), and prohibition of the use of a corroborator in lieu of proof of residence.
Voting Early or Absentee
Request an Absentee Ballot
Click here to get the GAB Form 121 - Absentee Ballot Request. 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 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.
The City of Dodgeville has issued a great 2 page document which summarizes the changes due to the Voter ID bill, click here to read it.
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 Government Accountability Board (GAB) 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.