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Organisation : Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
Facility : Spring Election & Presidential Preference Vote
State : Wisconsin
Country : United States

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Spring Election & Presidential Preference Vote :
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2016 Spring Election And Presidential Preference Vote :
** In 172 days
** You may have a local election in your area before the next state wide election.
** To find out when your next election is, select your Voter Category , and then search for your name or address.
** At all elections now in Wisconsin, voters must show an acceptable photo ID before a ballot will be provided.

More information on this new requirement is available here :
Do I have the right photo ID? :
These are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4, 2014 election) :
** A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
** A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
** Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
** A U.S. passport (booklet or card)

These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired :
** A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
** A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
** An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
** A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.
** A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.

These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes whether they are expired or unexpired :
** An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin.

Important things to know :
** There is no such thing as a “Wisconsin Voter ID Card.” The new Voter Photo ID Law uses existing photo IDs for people to prove their identity before voting.
** The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. And the name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book. (So, Richards who go by Rich, Bobs who are also Roberts and Susans with IDs for Sue can all relax.)
** Of course, there are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you. Even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you, it should be accepted.

What is the role of the municipal clerk on election day? :
The municipal clerk is an election administrator and, as such, should be available to the election inspectors on election day for advice, supplies, etc. In addition, there are circumstances where a hospitalized elector or sequestered juror may request an absentee ballot from the clerk on election day. Therefore, if the clerk is unable to be available on election day, a deputy should be appointed to act in the clerk’s absence.

Is the clerk required to be at the polling place on election day? :
On election day, the polling place is under the control of the election inspectors. The clerk is an election administrator and has other duties on election day outside of the polling place. Therefore, the Government Accountability Board does not advise that a municipal clerk serve as an election inspector. If the municipal clerk must serve as an inspector, he or she must be appointed an an inspector and may not be a candidate at the election

If a person is causing disruption at the polling place, when can the chief inspector call law enforcement for assistance? :
The chief inspector is in charge of keeping order at the polling place. If a person is interfering with the orderly conduct of the election, the chief inspector may ask that person to leave the polling place. If the person refuses, the inspectors may seek assistance from the municipal clerk. If the municipal clerk cannot be contacted, or if the person refuses an order by the municipal clerk, law enforcement may be called.

What is the role of election inspectors to prevent electioneering outside the polling place? :
Election inspectors are not required to patrol outside of the polling place to make sure there is no electioneering within 100 feet of any entrance to the polling place. However, the inspectors need to address any electioneering issues brought to their attention.

How long may a voter linger at the polling place on election day? :
Anyone can remain at the polling place for purposes of observing the election. They may not, however, interfere with the orderly conduct of the election. A candidate must leave the polling place after voting to avoid the appearance of electione

What is the process for recall in Wisconsin? :
The Government Accountability Board has published a “Recall Manual for Congressional, County and State Officials,” which outlines in detail the steps for a recall. Please consult that publication for answers.

Contact Us :
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
212 East Washington Avenue, Third Floor
P.O. Box 7984
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7984

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