New Rules in Effect for April 5th Voting
By Joan Parenteau
When heading to the polls to cast a ballot, Superior voters must present a form of photo identification. Things will be a little different. Just remember to be patient; not everyone will be as prepared for these changes as you are. Below is information from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on what to expect at the polling place this spring.
As always, you’ll need to state your full name and address for the election official who checks you in. They’ll check your information in the poll book. Understandably, some people are uneasy about announcing their name in public, but it is the law, and it helps ensure openness in elections.
Next, it’s time to show your photo ID. That way, poll workers can compare your face to your photo and confirm that you really are you.
The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. And the name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book. (So, Richard who goes by Rich, Bob who is also Robert and Susan with an ID that say Sue can relax.) Of course, there are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you, even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight.
Finally, you’ll sign the poll book (unless a physical disability prevents it). Your signature or mark should go right next to your name and address. Now you’re ready to vote.
For additional information about Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID Law, visit http://www.bringit.wisconsin.gov.
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