RECALL ELECTION GUIDE: Voting Info, Sample Ballot, Polling Places
Voters decide on Tuesday whether Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will remain in office. They face Democrats Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell. Independent candidate Hari Trivedi also is on the ballot.
This election guide will give you the information you need to get to the right place at the right time to cast your ballot in the Wisconsin recall election on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. There are five polling places in Hudson and they're all open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Looking for a sample ballot? Hudson City Clerk Nancy Korson gave us one from the city's first district, but all ballots in the county will be the same for this election. Just click on the PDF attached to this post.
Still undecided on who to vote for? Click on a candidate's name in our guide to access more information about him or her.
HIGH TURNOUT EXPECTED
Korson and North Hudson Village Clerk Becky Milbrandt both said they expect high turnout and that voters should remain patient as poll workers do their best to quickly process voters.
Those who vote at North Hudson Village Hall and the United Methodist Church may notice some minor procedural changes to increase efficiency, but clerks say the process itself will remain unchanged from what voters are accustomed to.
The state Government Accountability Board is projecting voter turnout of between 60 and 65 percent, but Director Kevin Kennedy said turnout is hard to predict because the state has never had an election like this before.
WHERE TO VOTE
The polls for all districts open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Need to know which district you're in? Just locate your home on our fancy color-coded voting district map. CHECK THE MAP
Hudson Town Hall
Town of Hudson voters can cast their ballots at Hudson Town Hall.
Village of North Hudson
Village of North Hudson voters can cast their ballots at North Hudson Village Hall.
Hudson City Hall
City of Hudson voters who live in District 1 or District 5 can cast their ballots at Hudson City Hall.
St. Croix County Government Center
City of Hudson voters who live in District 2 or District 6 can cast their ballots at the St. Croix County Government Center Community Room (enter near the jail).
Hudson United Methodist Church
City of Hudson voters who live in District 3 or District 4 can cast their ballots at the Hudson United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
ON THE BALLOT
The Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in Wisconsin, provided a list of answers to frequently asked questions about voting in Wisconsin. Here are some of the most important things to know.
Voter photo ID: The law is currently on hold as two lower court decisions stopping voter photo ID are being appealed.
Check your registration – Elections officials urge voters to use the state's Voter Public Access website to make sure that they are registered at their current address. Additionally, VPA will identify the races voters are eligible to vote in, and will tell voters whether they are eligible to vote within a Senate District that has a recall election. Voters who are unsure about whether they are eligible to vote in a state Senate recall primary or election should contact their municipal clerk’s office directly. If you have not registered to vote yet or you have a problem with your registration, contact your local municipal clerk’s office to check your options. You can register at the polling place on Election Day.
Know what proof of residence to bring: If you are already registered to vote, you will only need to state your name and address to receive a ballot, and are not required to provide any additional documentation. After stating your name, you will need to sign the poll list.
If you are registering at the polling place, make sure you have proof of residence and your Wisconsin driver’s license number. If you do not have a Wisconsin driver’s license, you can use the number from your Wisconsin ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Proof of residence can be established with a current lease, recent utility bill or other official document issued by a unit of government with the voter’s name and current address on it. A college photo ID is also acceptable if the institution has provided the polling place with a list of students who live in its housing and if the housing list includes citizenship information.
Avoid bringing undue attention or risk causing a disturbance: The state also is urging voters not to wear campaign paraphernalia such as campaign/candidate buttons, shirts, hats, etc. inside the polling place. Those who wear campaign paraphernalia may be asked to cover it up or leave.