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Thursday, May 31, 2012

GAB: Top 10 Things a Voter Should Know For Election Day

1) Voters should be patient and use commonsense.

2) Voters should know their rights and responsibilities before heading out to the polls. That includes the ability to register to vote on Election Day. A list of voting rights and responsibilities is attached, and also available here.

3) Voters can check their registration status with their municipal clerk, or on the state’s Voter Public Access website.

4) Voters should know what to do if they run into a problem at the polls. First, ask for the Chief Inspector. If you are not satisfied, check with your municipal clerk. If you see voter fraud, voter intimidation, electioneering or misconduct by election officials, voters can go online and report problems at complaints, or they can call 1-866-VOTE-WIS.”

5) Photo ID is NOT required. However, a driver license or state ID number is necessary to register to vote or to prove residency when registering on Election Day if the address on the license or ID is current. * PHOTO ID IS NOT REQUIRED *

6) Election observers are welcome in Wisconsin: Election observers are welcome at every polling place, but they must follow the instructions of the chief election inspector, and may not interact with voters. Rules for election observers are available at the polling place and on the G.A.B. website.

7) Ballot mistakes are not fatal: If you make a mistake when voting, you may ask for a new paper ballot, up to a total of three.

8) Leave political items at home: Voters are asked not to wear political clothing or paraphernalia to the polling place on Election Day.

9) Get in line before the polls close: Voters standing in line waiting to vote when the polling place closes at 8 p.m. on Election Day will be permitted to vote.

10) Rules for challenging a voter: There are specific criteria and limitations on challenging a person’s eligibility to vote. The chief election inspector can explain the challenge process and provide the voter and the challenger with explanatory documents.

For full G.A.B. press release on top 10 things voters should know, click here.

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