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2017 Spring Election Reminders and Tips

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Timely Attention Required
Date: 
February 16, 2017
To: 
Wisconsin County Clerks
To: 
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
To: 
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
To: 
Milwaukee County Election Commission
From: 
Michael Haas, Interim Administrator
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We hope your absentee voting and preparations for the Spring Primary are going well. The only statewide contest is for Superintendent of Public Instruction and in recent similar spring primary elections the statewide turnout has been 5 to 6 percent of Wisconsin’s voting age population. As you know the details of conducting an election are equally important in low-turnout local elections where it is not unusual for the margin of victory to be one or two votes. We are offering some final reminders about timely topics and resources that are available to you and your election inspectors. While this is not an exhaustive checklist, please note the following reminders and resources:

1. The WEC will again have extended hours to serve local election officials leading up to and on Election Day. We will be answering calls and emails during the following extended hours:
a. Until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th.
b. From 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th for WisVote staff only (Call 608-228-7078).
c. Until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20th.
d. From 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, February 21st.

If we are aware of unresolved issues on Election Night, staff will be available after 10:00 p.m.

2. An unexpired temporary state ID card receipt issued by the DMV through the ID Petition (IDPP) process is a valid form of photo ID for voting purposes, regardless of the issuance date.
3. Municipal clerks should advise their election inspectors to offer IDPP palm cards to all individuals who cast a provisional ballot, are otherwise unable to cast a regular ballot because they do not present a qualifying ID, or request information regarding obtaining a free ID. Please review the October 26, 2016 clerk communication: http://elections.wi.gov/node/4334.

4. Clerks must be available through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17 for several deadlines, including in-person voter registration and absentee ballot requests from indefinitely confined voters and military voters.

5. The Election Day and Election Administration Manuals have not been updated to reflect those sections of the manuals affected by the One Wisconsin Institute Decision on August 23, 2016, as the case is still pending. Pages affected by the decision are outlined in memos posted with the manuals on our website. The memos should be printed off and placed in the front cover of each respective manual: Election Day Manual July 2016: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/election-day-manual and Election Administration Manual October 2016: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/election-administratio....

6. The deadline to register as a write-in candidate is Friday, February 17 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). There is one registered write-in candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Rick Melcher.

7. All ballots must be at the polling place by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. There are no exceptions for any type of voter, including military voters.

8. WEC staff has updated all photo ID informational materials for the Spring 2017 elections: http://elections.wi.gov/node/4925. The most significant update is the expiration date resets with the general election for some photo ID’s: WI driver license, State ID cards, Passports and Military ID’s may still be used if expired since the November 8 2016 Presidential election.

9. Check absentee ballots prior to Election Day to make sure required information was provided by the voter and the voter’s witness. Further guidance may be found at the following link: http://elections.wi.gov/node/4275

We hope these reminders and resources will assist in your Election Day planning. Thank you for your continued work and please contact the WEC Help Desk at (608) 261-2028 or elections@wi.gov if you have any questions regarding the above information or other issues that arise.