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Upcoming Elections and Voter Information
Sign Nomination Papers Now: The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers and declarations of candidacy is June 1, but because that is a Sunday this year, the deadline is extended to 5 p.m. Monday, June 2. Candidates for county office file their paperwork with the County Clerk and candidates for state and federal office file with the Government Accountability Board. By 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, all candidates for state office also must file a Statement of Economic Interests with the Government Accountability Board.
When the Board receives nominating petitions and other necessary paperwork for candidates to get on the ballot, they will be reviewed by staff to ensure everything is in order, and there are enough valid signatures. Candidates for statewide office need a minimum of 2,000 signatures, State Senate candidates need a minimum of 400 signatures and State Assembly candidates need a minimum of 200 signatures. Congressional candidates need a minimum of 1,000 signatures.
When you sign a nomination paper, this is what you attest too: "I, the undersigned, request that the candidate, whose name and address are listed above, be placed on the ballot at the election described above as a candidate representing the party or statement of principle indicated above, so that voters will have the opportunity to vote for him or her for the office listed above. I am eligible to vote in the jurisdiction or district in which the candidate named above seeks office. I have not signed the nomination paper of any other candidate for the same office at this election."
Fall 2014 General Election: The Partisan Primary will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 4, 2014. State offices to be elected include Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Representative in Congress, State Senator (odd-numbered districts) Representatives to the Assembly (all districts).
What Voters Should Know
Check out this great resource from the State of Wisconsin: Voting 101: Back to Basics (the complete package) or Top 10 Things Voters Should Know for Election Day.
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
Enforcement of the Photo ID law has been temporarily blocked by the rulings of two independent judges. As a result, residents who are eligible to vote are currently not required to show an acceptable ID at the time of voting. However, other requirements are still in force: 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.