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Election Officials are Prepared for Election Day – Are You? Wisconsin is prepared for record voter turnout on November 4th

Date: 
October 28, 2008

MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board (GAB) today reminded voters to prepare for Election Day on Tuesday.

“The State of Wisconsin and its election officials are prepared for a record turnout of voters, but we want voters to know that there are easy ways for them to prepare as well,” said Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin’s Chief Election Officer. “Preparing for Election Day helps make sure that every eligible Wisconsin voter is able to vote as easily as possible.”

The Board suggests four things to voters to prepare for Election Day:

• Check voter registration status by using Voter Public Access at http://vpa.wi.gov, or call the municipal clerk’s office.
• If a voter plans to register at the polling place, they should know their driver’s license number or Social Security number, and bring proof of residence.
• Check polling place location using Voter Public Access, or call the municipal clerk’s office.
• Remember what conduct and attire are permissible at polling places in Wisconsin, and know voters’ rights and responsibilities.

“Voters should not wear political attire that brings undue attention to themselves or could cause a disturbance in the polling place,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator. “Election officials will not allow any advocacy or attire that creates a disturbance, or could constitute electioneering.”

Voters with language and physical limitations that may make voting difficult may seek assistance from voting officials at the polling place, or may bring someone to assist them in the voting booth. People with physical disabilities that would impede their voting inside the polling place may also vote “curbside” at any polling location.

“Wisconsin has a long history of fair and open elections,” said Kennedy. “But taking a few minutes to check over their materials and rights before leaving the house can save voters time and frustration at the polling place.”

Voters are now required to use their Wisconsin driver’s license number to register to vote, and to use the last four digits of their Social Security number if they do not have a state driver’s license (or state ID card). In addition, Election Day registration requires voters to prove they have lived in Wisconsin for 10 days, so a current document – such as a lease, utility bill or other related documents which include current address – is needed to show proof of residence.

The state has at least 35,000 trained poll workers throughout the state prepared for a large turnout, and local election officials also have ordered extra ballots. Voters should anticipate a smooth process at polling places, open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To learn more about voting procedures, to find polling locations, and to check their registration status, voters should visit the G.A.B. web site: http://gab.wi.gov.