Until things change at the Capitol, you do not need to show a photo ID at the polls.
While bills to require a photo ID are currently being considered by the state Legislature, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Spokesman Reid Magney reminds voters that the law has not yet changed.
Magney says poll workers are not allowed under current law to request photo IDs from Wisconsin voters. “If you are already registered, you don’t need to really bring anything with you. When you go to the polling place, you tell the election worker your name and your address and that will get you a ballot.”
If you’re not yet registered and want to do so on Election Day, you will need some form of identification showing proof of residence. Magney says that could be, but is not required to be, a photo ID. “You need something that shows your current address, that can be a (photo) ID, that can be a government paycheck, it can be a lease or a property tax bill or some other document.”
You could simply show a utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck. Visit the Voter Public Access website to see whether you’re registered, location of that polling place, and get a sample ballot.
The most prominent statewide race on the Spring Election ballot is for Supreme Court Justice. JoAnne Kloppenburg challenges incumbent Justice David Prosser for the ten-year position on the bench. Voters will select circuit court judges as well as local school board officials. Also, primary elections will be held in two Assembly districts prior to the May 3rd Special Election to fill three seats vacated after GOP lawmakers took positions in the Walker Administration.
The GAB is predicting voter turnout of approximately 20 percent. Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.