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If you have any questions regarding voting in Rock County, call the County Clerk’s Office at 757-5660 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
WHO CAN VOTE?
You must be a U.S. Citizen
You must be 18 years old on Election Day
You have been a resident of your election district for 10 days prior to the election
You have not lost your right to votei.e. - a convicted felon
You may register prior to the election with your municipal clerk.
Wisconsin also allows registration at the polls on Election Day. If you have not pre-registered, you would present identification with your current address on it such as a Wisconsin Driver’s License, phone bill, power & light bill or rent receipt. Students may use their Student I.D. Card if it has a Rock County address listed.
If you move from your present address to a new voting district/ward prior to the election, you would register in the new election district providing you have lived there at least 10 days. If the time period is less than 10 days, you vote at your old polling place.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
Check with your municipal clerk for the location of your polling place.
DO I NEED TO BRING AN I.D.?
It is not necessary to bring an I.D. in order to vote if you have registered and have voted in the election district previously. It is necessary to fill out a Voter Registration Form if you are voting in an election district for the first time. The form requires that you provide your current address, driver’s license number and your birth date. If you have moved to new district, you will need to register in that district prior to voting.
WHEN DO I VOTE?
Election Day is always on a Tuesday unless a Special Election or a Referendum Is held.
Primary: 3rd Tuesday in February
General: 1st Tuesday in April
Fall Elections are in even numbered years
Primary: 2nd Tuesday in September
General: 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November.
2008 Election Dates
Spring Primary/Presidential Preference 2/19/08
Spring Election 4/01/08
Fall Primary 9/09/08
Presidential Election 11/04/08
HOW DO I CAST A VOTE?
If you have pre-registered or voted in this district before you will:
Check in at the polling place by giving the election official your name and address. You will be assigned a voting number, be given a ballot and be directed to the voting booth.
Enter the voting booth and mark your ballot.
Insert your ballot into the optical reader.
WHAT IF I MAKE A MISTAKE?
VOTING OPTICAL SCAN BALLOTS AND USING THE AUTOMARK VOTING MACHINE
If you make a mistake, return your ballot to the election official. Tell the inspector that you made a mistake and request a new ballot. An election official is allowed to give you up to three replacement ballots if errors are made or the ballot is defective. If you need assistance of any kind, have a visual or physical disability, do not speak English or have trouble understanding the English language, ask the election officials for help. You may select someone to assist you in voting. That individual may not be your employer or an agent of your employer or an officer or agent of a union representing you.
VOTING METHODS IN ROCK COUNTY
Optical scan ballots/Optical scan reader
Automark Voting Machine (To be used by physically impaired individuals.)
OPTICAL SCAN BALLOTS
To vote for the candidate of your choice, connect the arrow to the right of the candidate’s name.
Court of Appeals Judge Vote for one__District IV _________________________________
John Doe ← →_______________________________
……………………………………….. ← →
To write in a person’s name that is not listed on the ballot, write the name on the line provided and connect the arrow.
The voter should review the ballot to make sure they have voted properly. When the voter is done voting, the voter will insert the ballot into the optical reader where the vote is automatically counted.
The same ballot marked by voters utilizing the optical scanner is used in the Automark voting machine. The ballot will be visible on the screen or the voter will be directed by voice to navigate and vote for a candidate or issue on the ballot. If the voter needs to use a puffer device, that voter would be required to provide their own due to health issues. Once the person has voted, the voter will review the candidates/issues he/she has voted for, and the Automark will mark the ballot as directed by the voter. The voter will then insert the ballot into the optical reader to be counted.