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Greg Peck: Do your civic duty and vote today

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Greg Peck
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hurry, hurry, step right up, folks. You'll find little if any wait. Sure, it's cool and breezy, but that drizzle appears to have stopped, so don't let the weather deter you.

Do your civic duty and make your choices in today's primary elections. Polls are open until 8 p.m. You do not need a photo ID to vote. If you haven't registered, you can do so at the polls by providing proof of residence. Proof options include a current utility bill, lease, university ID card or other official document showing your name and current address. A list of acceptable documents is available at gab.wi.gov.

Around 9:45 a.m., I was voter No. 93 in Janesville Ward 14 at First Lutheran Church. Two poll workers said the flow of voters was steady. For a comparison, I checked our files and found I was voter No. 115 in Ward 14 around 10 a.m. in the August 2012 primary.

Voters in wards 14 and 16-18 at First Lutheran were thrown for a minor loop this morning because, instead of the usual spot, the polling place is at the far south end of the church, apparently because of a funeral. Signs mark that spot, but many of us still headed for the wrong door. I chose many of the local candidates and flipped my ballot, as a poll worker pointed out, to vote in the Blackhawk Technical College referendum seeking to boost its property tax base by $4 million per year.

Because this is a partisan election, you can't vote for both Democrats and Republicans. You can only vote for candidates in one party. I must have filled out the ballot correctly because one of the two ballot machines took it as No. 143.

My wife and I were in and out within five minutes time.

If you don't know where to vote, you can even learn the location at myvote.wi.gov.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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