Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wisconsin Voter ID Tested in Primary of Key Local, Statewide Races

In Wisconsin's Milwaukee County, voters will have the chance to cast ballots today to narrow the field in the Mayoral, County Executive and State Supreme Court contests, as well as in one County Board and a number of Common Council races. Voters statewide will narrow the field from three to two for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Polling places will use the state's voter ID law now in place, photo identification will be required to cast ballots.

The top two vote-getters in each of the races will compete in the April 5 spring election.

Wisconsin's voter ID measure was passed in 2011 but was in place for just one previous election, a low-turnout Primary in February 2012, before it was blocked by a judge. The law remained blocked as four challenges to the law, two in State court and two in Federal court, were considered.

Voters who have moved or changed their names need to re-register to vote. Those wishing to register to vote need to bring a proof of residence document, as Wisconsin law no longer allows a "corroborating witness" to provide proof of residence. Documents that can be used as proof of residence include a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license or ID card, real estate tax bill or receipt for the current or previous year, utility bill or bank statement. Some exceptions are allowed to the photo ID requirement, such as for absentee voters who are active-duty military or who have difficulty getting to the polls because of age, illness, infirmity or disability.


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