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Voter ID required for Tuesday primaries


UNDATED (WSAU) Almost 30-percent of Wisconsin communities will hold local primary elections tomorrow – and they’ll be the first to require voters to show photo I-D’s under the new law passed last year. About 525 cities, villages, and towns will have primaries for various local government and school board positions. There are no statewide contests.

The biggest election could be in Sheboygan, where half the city’s 30,000 voters are expected to turn out for a mayoral recall election. Mayor Bob Ryan will be challenged by former state Representative Terry Van Akkeren. Sheboygan City Clerk Sue Richards says a lot of different things are being thrown at the voters and the poll workers but, “We’re working our way through them.”

Workshops have been held to train poll workers on the photo I-D law – and voters could see more of those people. In Green Bay, each ward will have five poll workers instead of three – and one poll worker in each ward will focus solely on the I-D law. Voters will have to sign in before getting ballots.

Green Bay Interim City Clerk Kris Teske says her people are ready, and they expect no problems.

Reid Magney of the Government Accountability Board says those who vote in primaries are generally more engaged, so his agency does not expect problems tomorrow. The first statewide test of the new I-D law will be on April third, when Wisconsin holds its presidential primary on the same day that local contests will be decided.