First and foremost, the Wisconsin voter can avoid any long lines for the Fall Primary Election by voting early right now! Find your City Clerk’s office here, bring a Photo ID and show up before 5 pm. Early voting is available until August 5.
Perhaps the biggest piece of grander voter news is brought to you by the pending district court case Frank v. Walker. If won, Wisconsin would be required to offer voters without a photo ID the ability to receive a ballot by signing an affidavit verifying their identity. Note that currently affidavit voting will not be provided for the August 9 congressional and state legislative races but it will greatly affect the November election.*
With all this election talk, it is important that you, the voter, are prepared before you vote. Verify that you are a registered voter; see who is on your ballot, and double-check on your polling place. If a candidate has an (I) next to their name, that means that they are an incumbent and therefore have a public voting record. See how they have voted on your behalf. If you like what you see, vote for them again. If not, now is your chance to change it.
Local elections matter a great deal and so does your vote. See you at the polls!
-Leah Voskuil, Intern
*UPDATE as of 8/24/16:
Affidavit voting is no longer a plausible option for the November 2016 election.
Specifically, after the state appealed Judge Adelman of Milwaukee's request for affidavit voting, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago further overturned his request saying that it was too broad. The plaintiffs of the Frank v. Walker case then appealed.