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With a Supreme Court race topping the ballot, Madison could set a voter turnout record Tuesday for a spring election — even without a presidential primary.

There are no elections for mayor or City Council, but there are numerous local seats at stake, including Dane County Circuit Court judge, Madison School Board, several Dane County Board seats and suburban city and village races.

Upward of 75 percent turnout was forecast last week by the Madison city clerk and mayor based on absentee ballot returns. But an early-spring snowstorm could affect the number of people who go to the polls. The current record is 54 percent voter turnout, set in 2011.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Voters will be required to show valid identification at the polls, where they can also register by providing proof of address.

An easy way to find out what will be on the ballot in your location is to go to the MyVote website. It lists every race you can cast a ballot in, based on your residential address.

Voting logistics

When going to the polls:

  • There is no single mandatory voter ID card. Valid identification includes a driver’s license, a state-issued ID, a military ID card, a passport or a college ID that meets certain criteria.
  • The address on the identification card does not matter. Poll workers only verify identity, not the address on the ID.
  • People who lack an ID can cast a provisional ballot, but valid ID must be presented to the local clerk’s office by 4 p.m. Friday for the ballot to be counted. The Dane County Voter ID Coalition can help you get a free Wisconsin ID; call 608-285-2141.
  • Identification does not have to meet federal requirements. If you renewed your Wisconsin driver’s license or ID and didn’t have all the required documents for what is called the REAL ID from the federal government, your identification could say “Not for federal purposes,” but it is valid for proving identity at the polls in Wisconsin.
  • Older IDs might have expired, so check the expiration date. Wisconsin driver’s licenses or IDs, U.S. passports and military IDs can all be used at the polls, but the expiration date must be Nov. 9, 2016, or later.
  • If your voter registration was deactivated because of bad data, you can still vote and won’t have to re-register. If the poll worker can’t find your name and address in the poll book, a supplemental list of registrations the state deactivated can be checked. If you are on the list and haven’t moved, you can sign an affirmation and your registration will be reactivated.
  • Proof of address is only needed when you register to vote or are updating your registration. Unless you’ve moved since the last time you voted or registered, all you need is to state your name and address, show your ID and sign the poll book. Registration is allowed on Election Day.
  • UW-Madison students in need of valid voter identification can get a card at the Wiscard office in Union South and at Gordon Dining Hall. Both will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. To vote using Wiscard, a voter-enrollment verification letter must be presented when voting. The letter is available in the Student Center and can either be printed off or presented on an electronic device to the poll worker.

Key races

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet, who is backed by liberals, faces the conservatives’ choice, Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock, for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. The winner will replace retiring Justice Michael Gableman, who is part of the court’s 5-2 conservative majority.

Both Dallet and Screnock are 48 years old. She became a judge in 2008 after spending 11 years as a prosecutor. Screnock was appointed judge by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2015 and previously worked as a private-practice attorney and local government leader.

A constitutional amendment on the ballot would eliminate the position of state treasurer.

The Legislature, on bipartisan votes over the past two sessions, placed the amendment on the ballot to do away with the post. Those behind the measure say the position is unnecessary because its duties have been greatly reduced over the years. Those who oppose the proposed amendment say the position should be kept and strengthened. The treasurer is paid nearly $70,000 a year.

Deputy mayor Gloria Reyes is challenging incumbent Anna Moffitt in the only contested school board race in Madison.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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