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State officials offer tips for upcoming primary elections


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The fall partisan primary election is just under a week away and the state Government Accountability board wants you to be prepared for the election.

Spokesman Reid Magney says the important thing to remember is that this is a Partisan Primary, which means you can only vote for candidates on one party on the entire ballot. If you vote for both Democrat and Republican, your ballot will be tossed.

Magney says the voting ID law is still not in effect. "If you go to the polling place, the only reason you would need to show an ID is if you were registering to vote, and you needed to prove you are a resident of Wisconsin."

Same day registration is still in effect as well, so if you head to the polls, Magney says you should bring some proof of where you live. "If your driver's license has your current address on it, you can use that as a proof of residence, which is the number one thing they need to know about the election is that if they're registering to vote, they have to show proof of residence."

There's some other tips as well. Magney says that no matter how excited you are for a candidate or a political party, leave your party buttons or shirts at home. "That's considered electioneering, and we like to keep the polling places as non-partisan as possible."

And lastly, as much as you might want to take a selfie with that ballot or Instagram it, resist the urge. "People take pictures of everything. They go out to eat, they take a picture of the hamburger, they want to take a picture because they're proud of how they voted... but don't take a picture of your ballot."

To find out more about the election in your area or to see if you're properly registered, log on to https://myvote.wi.gov or contact your local municipal or county clerk.