Voters throughout Dane County have the opportunity to cast their ballots weeks before the general election on Nov. 8, with days and times set up in almost all of the county’s 61 municipalities.

County Clerk Scott McDonell sent out a comprehensive accounting of where and when people can vote in Dane County ahead of the general election, with some of the municipalities already accepting absentee ballots since Sept. 19.

The early voting by absentee ballot in Madison also expanded to 14 locations for the general election, including all nine branches of the Madison Public Library.

Republican lawmakers had enacted limits on early and absentee voting earlier this year in what they described as an effort to make such voting uniform throughout the state.

The limits blocked weekend voting and established certain hours and dates for in-person voting.

But a federal judge in July threw out many of those laws, saying they were unfair to minority and largely Democratic voters.

McDonell wanted to reiterate that identification needs to be shown when voting early or voting on Nov. 8, with acceptable forms of identification including a Wisconsin driver license, a photo ID card issued by the Department of Transportation, a U.S. passport or military ID, all with expiration dates after Nov. 4, 2014; a naturalization certificate issued within the last two years; an unexpired Wisconsin driver license or state ID card receipt; an ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin; an ID card from an accredited Wisconsin university or college; or an unexpired Veterans Affairs ID card.

“The address on the voter’s ID (card) does not matter for purposes of proving one’s identity,” McDonell said.

“The name on the ID, however, must reasonably conform to the voter’s name on the poll book.”

Registering to vote prior to or on the day of the election is allowed; how to register can be found on the county website, www.countyofdane.com.

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