Monday, August 23, 2010

Get Your Vote On

So I know it’s still 80 degrees out and many of us may be refusing to admit fall is just around the corner, but it really is. And with that comes election season! The primaries are less than a month away, and in quite a few districts it is the primaries that will determine the state assembly and state senate seats. Are you registered to get your vote on?

If you’ve moved since the last time you voted, or if you’re a first-time voter you need to register. You can register at the polls, but it will save you time to register beforehand.

In Wisconsin, you have a couple choices if you choose to register before Election Day.

1. Register in person at the municipal clerk’s office where you live. You can register there up until 5 p.m. the day before the election. If you are registering after the mailing deadline listed below, you must bring an acceptable form of proof of residence, such as a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license, a utility bill or a bank statement, with you to the clerk's office. Many cities, towns or villages have additional places where you can register, as well. Check with your community for these other registration sites.

2. Another option is to register by mail. You can download and print out a registration application here. If you’d rather, you can also call or write to your clerk’s office, to request an application be sent to your address. If you are a first-time voter, you must submit an acceptable copy of proof of residence when you return the application. The completed application must be postmarked and received by the clerk’s office 20 days before the election. If you're voting in the primaries, you only have until the 25th of August, this Wednesday, to get the form to your clerk's office if you want to register this way.

For more information on how to register, where you’re polling place is located or any other questions about the election process you can visit this site and click on the “Elections & Voting” tab at the top.

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