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Vote turnout could hit 30 percent Tuesday

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ANN MARIE AMES
April 4, 2011

In case you've tuned out the louder-than-usual commercials, yard signs and Facebook statuses reminding you to vote … you'd better tune back in.


Tuesday is Election Day.


Voters will re-elect or remove members of local municipal and school boards. And the Wisconsin Supreme Court campaign has drawn national attention.


Much of the energy from protests and counter-protests opposing or supporting Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate most public-sector collective bargaining has been focused largely on the court race.


That race is expected to drive up voter turnout. Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler predicts 30 percent of registered county voters will cast ballots Tuesday. For a typical spring election, the county usually has a 20 percent turnout.


Although a judicial seat is not a partisan position, many have pegged incumbent Judge David Prosser as a conservative and challenger Joanne Kloppenburg as a liberal.


In Janesville, six candidates seek three seats on the Janesville School Board.


Eight candidates are running for four seats on the Janesville City Council. Three incumbents—Frank Perrotto, Russ Steeber and George Brunner—will face five challengers—Deb Dongarra-Adams, K. Andreah Briarmoon, Mike Knilans, Billy McCoy and Sam Liebert.


News stories about the candidates in those races were in the Gazette on March 23 and 24. The stories also may be found online at GazetteXtra.com.


The Gazette's endorsements for Janesville council and school board ran in Saturday and Sunday's papers.


If you are new to the community or to voting, the county clerk can help you find where to vote. In Rock County, call (608) 757-5660 or visit www.co.rock.wi.us. In Walworth County, call (608) 741-4241 or visit www.co.walworth.wi.us.


If you can't make it to the polls Tuesday, you have until 5 p.m. today to fill out an absentee ballot, according to the Wisconsin Governmental Accountability Board website. However, voters should double check the clerk's regular office hours, the accountability board urges. Some clerks' offices might close before 5 p.m.


If you vote by absentee ballot in person in the clerk's office, you must fill out the ballot and seal it in an envelope immediately. Ballots may not leave the office.


If you need to register to vote, you will need your drivers license number and proof of residence. You can check whether you are registered at gab.wi.gov.



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