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Advance voting to get under way Monday

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Jim Leute
October 19, 2012

— Starting Monday, voters can cast their ballots for the November election.

While advance voting for the Nov. 6 election is already under way in some states, it will begin Monday in Wisconsin and run through Friday, Nov. 2.

Ballots must be cast in person at the voter's municipal clerk's office.

Absentee ballots cast by mail are now being accepted. Registered voters can request absentee ballots by mail, email or fax from their municipal clerk's offices. The clerk must receive the application by Thursday, Nov. 1, for an absentee ballot to be sent.

The absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than Nov. 6 (Election Day) and received at the appropriate municipal clerk's office by Friday, Nov. 9, in order to be counted.

People who have moved or changed their names since last voting must re-register to vote. They can do so at the polls on Election Day or ahead of time at their clerk's office.

Registration requires an identifying document to prove residency. The Wisconsin League of Women Voters says most people use a driver's license or state ID card if their address is current. If they've moved, they can use many other documents for proof of residence, including a property tax bill, current lease, bank statement, utility bill or other government document that includes their full name and current address.

New voters now can register with their respective clerks. They also can then vote by either absentee ballot or by obtaining a certificate of registration that they must take to their polling place on Election Day.

Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said there still appears to be some confusion about the ballot status of Paul Ryan of Janesville.

Ryan is on the ballot as the incumbent in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, and he is on the ballot as a candidate for vice president of the United States.

Wisconsin statutes say a person can be a candidate for the office of president or vice president of the United States and be a candidate for another elective office during the same election.

In Ryan's case, if he is elected vice president and is re-elected to Congress, the former will void the latter and a special election will be held to fill his Congressional seat.



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