Aug. 9 marks Wisconsin’s partisan primary election. On the ballot are several major statewide races that will determine the candidates for the November midterm election. Here’s what you need to know to cast your ballot.
What's a partisan primary
This August election is a partisan primary. Those elections require voters to only vote for one party when selecting a ballot. Voters must choose either a Republican ballot, Democratic, Libertarian or Constitution. All candidates on the Democratic ballot are members of the Democratic Party. The same is true for the other three ballot options.
Many of the seats up for election this fall include incumbents seeking reelection for statewide office. Each race has the possibility of shifting state leadership and party control from the Democrats to the Republican party.
Milwaukee County races
When is the August partisan primary and how late are the polls open in Wisconsin?
The August primary will take place Aug. 9. Voters can cast their ballot in person at their polling location from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How to find your polling location
Some district borders have been redrawn since the last election. To confirm where you should be voting on Aug. 9, visit myvote.wi.gov and enter your address. This will allow the system to identify your polling location as well as candidates on the ballot in your district.
What you need to bring with you on election day
Previous elections have brought instances of voter confusion in regard to proper documentation to register to vote and cast your ballot. The following items are necessary to have when you head to the polls in August.
Voter ID (A Wisconsin driver's license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended)
Wisconsin Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (available for free)
A military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
A U.S. passport, an identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (can be used even if expired, regardless of expiration date).
Wisconsin voters are able to register to vote in-person at their polling location before casting their ballot. Voters can also change their registration address if they’re still registered to vote at an old address.
To register or change an address at the polls, a voter must provide a physical or digital copy of one of the below documents. The document must include the voter’s complete name and residential address.
• Utility bill (gas, electric, phone) issued within the last 90 days
• Bank, credit union, credit card, or mortgage statement
• Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card
• A government-issued document or letter (federal, state, county, municipal, tribal, state college or public school).
• Check issued by a unit of government.
• Real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the previous year.
• Residential lease effective on the day of registration.
• Contract or intake document issued when admitted to a nursing home or care facility.
• College fee statement issued in the last nine months, accompanied by student ID card.
• Affidavit from a public or private social service agency, on letterhead, identifying an individual who is homeless and indicating where that individual resides.
• Official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
• Identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder (not a business card).
• Fishing and hunting licenses
• Vehicle registrations
• State Social Service Programs
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that absentee ballot drop boxes were illegal in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Wisconsin law mandates voters to place their ballots in the mail, only making exceptions for the ballots of individuals who are disabled to have someone place their ballot in the mail for them. If you would like to cast your vote absentee, follow the steps below.
Go to myvote.wi.gov's "Vote Absentee by Mail" page.
If needed, update your address (a Wisconsin driver's license is required for this online step).
Confirm that you have resided at your current residential address for at least 28 consecutive days prior to the next election, with no present intent to move.
Confirm that you are not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction, including probation, parole, or supervision.
Once you have updated your address return to the "Vote Absentee by Mail" page and request your absentee ballot.
Who is running for governor?
Tony Evers (Democratic) - Incumbent
Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican)
Tim Michels (Republican)
Timothy Ramthun (Republican)
Adam J. Fischer (Republican)
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Who is running for senator?
Ron Johnson (Republican) - Incumbent
David Schroeder (Republican)
Mandela Barnes (Democrat)
Alex Lasry (Democrat), dropped out of the race on July 27
Sarah Godlewski (Democrat), dropped out of the race on July 29
Tom Nelson (Democrat), dropped out of the race on July 25
Steven Olikara (Democrat)
Kou Lee (Democrat)
Peter Peckarsky (Democrat)
Darrell Williams (Democrat)
Who is running for lieutenant governor?
Peng Her (Democrat)
Sara Rodriguez (Democrat)
Patrick Testin (Republican)
Will Martin (Republican)
Kyle Yudes (Republican)
Roger Roth (Republican)
David C. Varnam (Republican)
Cindy Werner (Republican)
David D. King (Republican)
Jonathan Wichmann (Republican)
Who is running for attorney general?
Josh Kaul (Democrat) - Incumbent
Eric Toney (Republican)
Karen Mueller (Republican)
Adam Jarchow (Republican)
Who is running for secretary of state?
Doug La Follette (Democrat) - Incumbent
Alexia Sabor (Democrat)
Amy Lynn Loudenbeck (Republican)
Jay Schroeder (Republican)
Justin D. Schmidtka (Republican)
Who is running for state treasurer?
Aaron Richardson (Democrat)
Angelito Tenorio (Democrat)
Gillian M. Battino (Democrat)
John S. Leiber (Republican)
Orlando Owens (Republican)
Who is running for Milwaukee County Sheriff?
Thomas Beal (Democratic)
Denita Renee Ball (Democratic)
Brian Barkow (Democratic)
Who is running for Milwaukee County Clerk Of Circuit Court?
George Christenson (Democratic)
Anna Maria Hodges (Democratic)
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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin primary election 2022: Where's my polling place? How to vote