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What you need to know for Election Day


MADISON (WKOW) -- On Tuesday, voters will head out to the polls in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has tips if you plan to vote.

Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m. Election officials say the lines are longest at the beginning of the day and the end of the day.

The number one thing voters should know is where to vote and whether they're currently registered. Many people who have not voted since the last presidential election may find that their polling place has changed. People who do not have Internet access can check their status with their municipal clerk's office.

Number two on the list is that voters can register at the polling place on Election Day. To register at the polls, Wisconsin voters must provide a proof of residence document. It can be a driver license or state ID card with the voter's current address. It can also be a current utility bill, lease, university ID card or other official document showing the voter's name and current address.

Next, voters should know that a photo ID is not required for voters to receive a ballot. 

"The state's voter photo ID law is currently on hold in the courts," said Kevin Kennedy, from the Government Accountability Board. "Registered voters are still required to sign their name on the poll list, in addition to providing their name and address, to receive a ballot."

Fourth, voters should know what to do if they witness problems at the polling place. "If you see voter fraud, voter intimidation, electioneering or misconduct by election officials, your first point of contact should be the Chief Election Inspector at the polling place," said Elections Division Administrator Nat Robinson. 

One change this election is there is no straight party voting, so you can't pick one ticket and cast your ballot for all one party. You will have to cast a vote for any races individually.

Make sure you pay close attention to the official ballot. To vote for the candidate of your choice, complete the arrow to the right of the candidate's name. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, write the person's name on the line provided and complete the arrow.

When voting for president or vice president, you may vote only for the candidates on one ticket jointly or by writing in the names of persons in both spaces. A write-in vote only for a vice-presidential candidate will not be counted.

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