What you need to know about today’s primary


Over the years Wisconsin has seen lots of changes to its voter laws in terms of weekend voting, early voting and voter ID.

Today is a primary election in Wisconsin and there are many important local races on the ballot, and some very contested races.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Two judges have trimmed back the state’s voter ID law in recent weeks, but those going to the polls Tuesday will still need to show identification to cast ballots.

That’s because the judges said their rulings wouldn’t take effect until after the primary. So, voters will have to show ID at the polls Tuesday but not necessarily in the Nov. 8 presidential election, when turnout will be much higher.

Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s primary:

Polling hours. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters are allowed to cast ballots as long as they’re in line by the time polls close.

Primary. Wisconsin has an open primary system, so anyone can vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries —  but not both.

Ballots in most parts of the state are scanned electronically and will immediately be rejected for those who voted in both primaries. Voters would then have a chance to fix the mistake.

Voter ID. To get a ballot, voters must provide one of the following types of IDs: Wisconsin driver’s license, state-issued ID, military ID, passport, tribal ID, Veterans Health Administration ID, naturalization certificate or certain types of student IDs from accredited colleges and universities in Wisconsin.

The student IDs must include a photo, signature and an expiration date no later than two years after the date of issuance. Also, the voter must provide separate documentation proving enrollment at the school.

Driving receipts and identification receipts issued by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles can also be used to vote. Those receipts are issued at DMV centers while people wait for their licenses and ID cards to be mailed to them.

For more, visit, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.