Don’t forget your ID to vote in next Tuesday’s primary
Lincoln County voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on nonpartisan state and local races in next Tuesday’s primary election.
The city of Merrill will see a primary race for the District 3 seat on the Lincoln County Board. Candidates are Ray Bloomer, Tyler R. Mueller and Jeremy Ratliff. Incumbent Ryan Schwartzman is not seeking re-election.
The city of Tomahawk will see a four-way primary for mayor. Incumbent Clarann Stocker is being challenged by Steven E. Taskay, Don Nelson and Mike Loka.
At the state level, there is a three-way race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. Appointed incumbent Rebecca Bradley, along with JoAnne F. Kloppenburg and Joe Donald, are seeking the seat.
Voters are reminded that the photo ID law will be in force at the polls during this election.
According to the Government Accountability Board, most people already have the photo ID they need to vote. You can use any of these five IDs, even if they expired after Nov. 4, 2014:
•A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
•A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
•A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
•Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
•A U.S. passport book or card
You can use any of these IDs, but they must be unexpired:
•A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
•A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
•An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
•An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
•A photo identification card issued by an accredited university, college or technical college in Wisconsin that contains the signature of student, the date the card was issued, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university, college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves current enrollment such as an enrollment verification letter, class schedule, or tuition fee receipt.
•A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
If you don’t have one of these IDs, you can get a free state ID card to vote even if you don’t have your birth certificate.
Don’t worry if you get to the polls on Election Day, look for your ID and find you forgot to bring it. Just ask the election worker for a provisional ballot. You can return to the polling place before it closes at 8 p.m. with your ID, or bring your ID to your municipal clerk’s office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election in order for your ballot to be counted.
For a more information about Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law, including the list of acceptable IDs for voting, visit: http://BringIt.Wisconsin.gov, or call 1-866-VOTE-WIS.