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General Guidelines Regarding the Partisan Primary Election
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In preparing to cast your ballot for the August 14, 2018, election, keep in mind that it is a partisan primary, which is very different from other elections.

Partisan Primaries in General

The partisan primary method has been in effect in Wisconsin since 1905. Held in August in even-numbered years, partisan primaries allow voters to nominate who they would like to move on to the November ballot. Each party’s primary is considered a separate election event, and voters can only participate in ONE political party’s primary.


When casting your ballot in August’s primary, you must first choose whether to vote on the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Wisconsin Green or Constitution ballot, and then vote for candidates within that party only. Crossover voting (voting in more than one party) is not allowed and could cause your entire ballot to be thrown out. As a general rule regarding write-in votes, the name of a ballot candidate of Party X written in on a Party Y ballot will never count.


Other Voting Reminders


·         If you need to register to vote, you can do so in your municipal clerk’s office until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10, or you can register at the polls on Election Day. You must provide a proof of residence document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. If you are not sure if your registration is current, you can check your status at


·         If you are unable or unwilling to appear at the polls on Election Day, contact your town, village, or city clerk to vote by absentee ballot. All absentee ballots must be received at the polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day (August 14).


·         Sample ballots can be viewed on the County Clerk’s web page, from the MyVote Wisconsin website, or in the August 9 edition of the Argus.


·         You will need to show an acceptable photo ID before you will be issued a ballot. Several forms of photo ID are acceptable, and most people already have the ID they need – like a valid WI driver license, free WI state ID card, or U.S. passport. More information regarding acceptable forms of ID is available at



If you have further questions about elections, feel free to contact the County Clerk’s Office at 920-787-0442.


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