Early and absentee voting is now underway across the state for the upcoming partisan primary election, Aug. 14. In Racine, absentee voting will be available at City Hall during normal hours, ending on Aug. 10.

Voters are reminded to bring a valid ID.

Who is running?

The following state and national offices are included in this partisan primary election: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator (odd-numbered districts) and Representatives to the Assembly (all districts).  County offices up for election this year are Sheriff, Clerk of Circuit Court and Coroner (where applicable).

Here are the candidates on the ballot in Wisconsin.

Really, it’s not too late to register

While the deadline has passed to register online, it is still possible to register to vote in person. Up until the end of business on Friday, Aug. 10, you can register in person at the municipal clerk’s office in your municipality. In addition to registering with the local municipal clerk, you can register at the polling place on Election Day.

Check out the voter registration guide for even more information.

Register online for November

Voters who have a valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID card issued by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can register to vote online on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

Again, the deadline for registering online has passed to register for the coming primary. But it’s never too early to register for the November general election.

To register online, the voter must enter a name, date of birth, Driver License or ID number, and an address that matches what is on file with the Wisconsin DMV. If all of the fields match, the voter will be able to register to vote completely online without needing to print, sign or mail the form and without needing to send a proof of residence document. Voters who are not able to match their information with the information in the DMV database will be given the option to register by mail. In the municipal clerk’s office.

You may register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m. or close of business, whichever is later. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.

What’s an acceptable ID?

An acceptable Photo ID for voting does not have to include a current address. You only prove your address when registering.

Here are some examples of photo IDs that are NOT acceptable for voting purposes:

  • A State or Federal government employee ID
  • An out-of-state driver license or identification card
  • An employment ID
  • A membership or organization ID
  • A Certificate of Citizenship

Most Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable photo ID when voting at the polls on Election Day or by absentee ballot.  There are some exceptions for absentee voters.  More information on the Photo ID law is available. Click here to find detailed information on Photo ID and the exceptions to the law.

Are you already registered to vote? You can check online.

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Rex Davenport

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