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Old 10-05-2008, 08:31 AM
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We want Wisconsin to show the nation how seriously we take our responsiblitiy as citizens here in our state. So everyone, be sure to register and vote in this important election.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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If you've already voted here in previous elections than you don't need to register, right??
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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I'm not sure geekduo. I just turned 18 two years ago and register here in my city and don't think it's an annual thing. Just a one time thing unless you move to another district.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:39 PM
 
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Excerpted from a recent article in The Wisconsin State Journal in Madison: the author is Mark Pitsch and it appeared in the Journal on 9/27/08. Full text may be found at WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL

Go to vpa.wi.gov to look up the status of your voter registration. You enter your name and birth date, and you will see whether you are active or inactive. "Active" means the new statewide voter database has up-to-date information about you, and you don't need to bring anything to the polls. "Inactive" means your name won't appear on the poll list, and you should call your municipal clerk. You may have to register at the polls, which requires showing proof of residence. NOTE: the website data is imperfect, some voters' names produce multiple records, usually because they have moved and their registration records have not yet been merged. Make sure you are registered in the locality where you vote, and, again, it won't hurt to call your local clerk.

If you have received a letter from the Government Accountability Board telling you it needs your date of birth, respond by mailing the completed form to the board. … Officials say that recipients of this letter should not worry that the letter is a scam. It should have a detachable form at the bottom of the letter and will come with a preprinted envelope addressed to the accountability board.

On Election Day, be prepared for long lines at the polls. Bring an official (i.e. state-issued) form of ID such as a driver's license, and a proof of residence such as a utility bill or a copy of a lease if your ID doesn't show your current address. Do this even if you are already registered at your current address!

If you anticipate difficulty getting enough time to vote on November 4, you can vote absentee starting on October 6. Absentee voting can be done in person at your clerk's office or by mail. You must request an absentee ballot in writing.

Provisional ballots: If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail, didn't show proof of residency at the time and you don't take proof of residency to the polls, you would be required to use a provisional ballot. If the state database does not have your driver's license or state ID number on file and if you can't provide it when you go to vote, you would be required to use a provisional ballot. If you cast a provisional ballot, you MUST either return to the polls with correct identification by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, OR take the correct identification to the municipal clerk's office by 4:00 p.m. on the day after the election, in order for your vote to count.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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We've been here approx 2 1/2 years but just registered to vote in WI a couple of weeks ago. I don't believe in voting in local elections when you don't know the people involved, and in our case, won't be here long enough for those voting decisions to make an impact. However, the Presidential election is a different story and we knew we must participate this time.
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Thanks for the info, site works great. I registered as soon as I got here because I wanted to vote in the primary and upcoming local elections.

I feel all elections are important and by going to meetings, the library, reading the paper, talking to people, I've voted locally, too. I can't sit back, do nothing and then wonder why nothing changes.
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: kronenwetter
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My parents always stressed the importance of voting in all elections. So I always have. Even in our little town elections, I read up on the people running and vote. Sometimes it comes down to a few votes and we can make the difference.
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Wonderful Wisconsin!!!
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I was raised the same way. Must be because we are almost the same age. My parents told us voting was our privilege and I have voted in every election, no matter how small. We moved around a lot and I have always registered shortly after we move.
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