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City making extra push to register voters in advance

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Kayla Bunge
October 10, 2008
— Janesville Clerk Treasurer Jean Wulf is making perhaps the biggest push ever to get residents registered to vote before Nov. 4.

"For the presidential election, we gear up for all possibilities," she said. "And every presidential election, we have more voters casting their ballot."


Wulf said she can't predict how many people will vote or how many people will need to register on Election Day, "but it will be substantial."


In the last presidential election, about 32,000 Janesville residents voted and about 7,500 had to register at the polls.


This election easily could have the highest voter turnout in history, which means lines at the polls could be long.


"The registration line is the longest line in the polling place," Wulf said, "and that's where voters spend most of their time."


Wulf estimates it could take up to an hour or longer to register at the polls.


That's why her office is holding extended office hours four times in the next three weeks. People who would like to register to vote or would like to vote by absentee ballot should go to the fourth floor of Janesville City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St., during these times:


-- 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.


-- 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.


-- 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25.


-- 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.


People registering before Wednesday, only need a driver's license number or state identification card number, Wulf said. People who register after Wednesday also need proof of residence, such as a utility or phone bill or a bank statement, she said.


Wulf set up a voter registration station inside the gates of Monterey Stadium during the Craig-Parker football game Oct. 3. She said the turnout was good.


"We're trying to promote voter registration in advance, and the football game was an excellent opportunity to get out in the community and do that," Wulf said.



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