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Super Tuesday, Part 2: Primary Sparking Big Interest in Voting

February 12, 2008

Madison, WI – Wisconsin can actually make a difference in the presidential primaries next week, and that's sparking unexpected interest in voting in the Tuesday election.

Andrea Kaminski with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin says her organization is getting a lot of calls from first-time voters, people who are new to Wisconsin, and others with questions about voting. She says many callers are worried that it's too late to register to vote next week and she says that's not the case.

"Even if you're not already registered you can still vote in the primary on Tuesday, February 19. You can register that day at the poll, or you can register ahead of time."

Kaminski says Wisconsin's tradition of open elections increases citizen participation.

"Having election day registration is a wonderful opportunity for people to get involved and to vote, and I think it's no coincidence that we also have among the highest voter turnouts of any state in the country."

To register at the polls, a voter should bring government-issued photo ID and proof of address, such as a utility bill. A voter who is already registered doesn't need photo ID to vote, and proof of address would be needed only if the voter has moved.

She says another common question comes from people with past felony convictions; they have the right to vote in Wisconsin, as long as they've completed probation and any other terms of their conviction.

Kaminski says voting info is available online at www.lwvwi.org.

Rob Ferrett/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - WI