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Elections Division’s Tips to Voters: Remember the “Four Ps” on Tuesday

Date: 
November 3, 2008

MADISON, WI – Wisconsinites who plan to vote tomorrow should remember the Four Ps of Election Day, according to the Wisconsin Elections Division. Voters should:

• Participate
• Be prepared
• Be patient
• Be persistent

Wisconsin’s Elections Division encourages all state residents to participate in the General Election tomorrow. The outcome of the election will help determine the course of national, state and local government for at least the next two years.

“Being prepared, first and foremost, means ensuring is that you are properly registered,” said Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin’s Chief Election Officer. “If you’re registered correctly, you’re ready to ask for your ballot and make your choices. Otherwise, you should take the right steps to get registered properly on Election Day.”

Election Day registration at the polling place involves filling out the Form 131 – the Wisconsin Voter Registration Application – at the voter’s polling place and providing the following information:

1. A Wisconsin driver’s license number (or, if the individual does not possess a state driver’s license a state ID). Without a Wisconsin ID? Use the last four digits of the Social Security number.

2. Proof of residence at current address for at least 10 days (which can be lease, utility bill, current university ID, or paycheck, for example).
“We expect lots of voters, so being patient at the polling place is essential,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator. “If you can vote at less popular hours, not between 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. or between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., you should do so.”

“And remember that poll workers are volunteers who often spend their entire day at the polling place,” Robinson added. “Be kind to your poll workers.”

Voters who encounter obstacles at the polling place should be persistent. “A transparent election requires everyone following the same rules and sometimes asking for help from the chief election inspector,” Kennedy said. “The chief election inspector is trained and certified to manage the polling place, and can solve almost any problem.”

Questions that cannot be answered by the chief election inspector should go to the municipal clerk for the jurisdiction where the polling place is located, or call the Government Accountability Board’s Help Desk at 608-261-2028.

“Even if you have a busy day planned, being persistent is key if you encounter an obstacle at your polling place,” Robinson added. “If you have to wait in line, have to reregister, or have a question about your ballot, stick with it! If you follow our Four Ps, you will have a stress-free and pleasant voting experience.”

Wisconsin residents who wish to check their voter registration, or where their polling place is, can use the Voter Public Access site on the Internet at https://vpa.wi.gov.