These are actual questions I’ve seen on twitter and facebook. I expect to add some more info here as the day progresses.
When are the polls open?
7AM – 8PM Central Time.
Where do I vote?
Visit vpa.wi.gov and do the “Address Search”.
How can I see a copy of the ballot?
Once you’ve done the Address Search, look lower on the screen to select the address. Then the next screen that pops up will have your polling place plus links that go to a sample ballot, your local clerk contact information, and information on your district from the 2010 and 2012 census.
Can I vote for both a Republican and a Democrat in the May 8th recall primary?
Yes. This is an unusual circumstance of this recall primary. Usually you can only vote for candidates in only 1 party in a Wisconsin primary. However today, for example, a voter in Watertown could vote for the Republican Arthur Kohl-Riggs for Governor, vote for the Democrat Mahlon Mitchell for Lieutenant Governor, and vote for the Democrat Lori Compas for Senator on his/her local ballot.
Can I vote for both a Republican and a Democrat for Governor?
No. You may only vote for 1 person for each seat.
Do I have to be a registered Republican or a registered Democrat?
Do I have to bring my photo ID?
No. There are other provisions of voting law that change but the provision that requires you to bring a photographic ID was blocked in court.
When is the general election?
Why isn’t Rebecca Kleefisch on the ballot?
Because this is a primary. A primary is necessary when more than 1 person in the same political party are competing for the same seat. If somebody had submitted nomination papers and a sufficient number of signatures to run as a Republican for the seat of Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin, then Rebecca Kleefisch would be on the ballot today.
Can I vote at the polls today if I voted absentee already?
Will the State Senate recalls use the old maps or the new redistricted maps?
From GAB, “State Senate recalls are held in the districts used for the past decade, not the new districts that take effect in November 2012″.
I’m not registered to vote. What do I need to do?
You can still register at the polls. Bring proof of residence and your Wisconsin driver’s license number or number from your Wisconsin ID card or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
To prove your residence you can bring one of the following: a current lease, a recent utility bill, an official document issued by a government agendy with your name and current address on it. Also, a current college or technical school ID is OK if your school has provided the polls with a list of students who live in housing and if the housing list also includes citizenship information.
Can I wear my “Recall Walker” shirt?
Be prepared to be asked to cover your messages or be escorted off of the poll site property if you wear or carry in anything that looks like it is campaigning for a candidate.
What is my recourse if I see tampering or fraud at the polls?
There will be a poll chief overseeing activities and possibly an election observer to speak with at the site. You can call local law enforcement to report a crime. You can also contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability office at 608-261-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure of the legality of a practice you witness at a voting place. G.A.B. will be open 6AM – 11PM today to assist the public.
I’m a college student and I want to vote in the recall election June 5th. What do I need to know?
Answer: Voting in summer elections as a college student.
If you are registered to vote but have left with the intention of returning, you may vote from the address at which you are registered to vote in. When requesting an absentee ballot, be sure to give the Clerk’s Office the address to which the ballot should be sent, in addition to the address at which you are registered to vote. You may not register to vote at a temporary address.
If you are registered to vote but have left with no intention of returning, you will need to register and vote in your new municipality once you have been there long enough to establish residency. – from United Wisconsin
The following links were lifted wholesale from another site. I’ll be double-checking the veracity of all information and links below following publication.
Candidates for office include:
Rebecca Kleefisch (recalled incumbent)