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How to vote in today's primary election

After an absolutely ludicrous, chaotic and often enraging past 24 hours, Wisconsin is still hosting its primary election today. Wisconsin's COVID-19 projections were going down, and social distancing measures were making a clear and obvious positive impact on limited the virus' damage on our state – but we'll see what marching thousands of people into the same few polling spaces does to those numbers as this month goes on.

No one should have to choose between voting and harming themselves or others – but that is the choice Wisconsin citizens must make today. And to help guide you through this crazy and confusing election – and help you and others stay as safe as possible – here's a guide to today's vote.

Where to vote

Here is a list of in-person voting locations for today's primary election. Remember: Keep six feet of distance at minimum between yourself and others, bring your own pen, wash your hands well before and after going out, wear gloves if possible and please wear a mask or some kind of facial protection when you go out. Facial coverings are not a bulletproof vest against spreading or contracting the virus, but they do help lessen the odds.

  • Riverside High School, 1615 E Locust Street – Aldermanic Districts 1*, 3 and 6
  • Marshall High School, 4141 N 64th Street – Aldermanic Districts 2, 5 and 9
  • South Division High School, 1515 W Lapham Boulevard – Aldermanic Districts 4*, 12 and 14
  • Washington High School, 2525 N Sherman Boulevard – Aldermanic Districts 7*, 10 and 15
  • Hamilton High School, 6215 W Warnimont Avenue – Aldermanic Districts 8, 11 and 13

*District 1, Ward 47 will vote at Washington High School
*District 4, Ward 181 will vote at Riverside High School
*District 7, Ward 107 will vote at Riverside High School
*District 7 Ward 67 will vote at Riverside High School

All polling locations opened at 7 a.m. today and will close at 8 p.m. – but if you are in line before 8 p.m., stay in line. Regular voter registration rules apply, which means same-day registration is available. For details on the ID and documents needed, click here and click here. And to find and confirm your polling location, visit this website.

Absentee voting

If you've received an absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by today – Tuesday, April 7 – so get that in as soon as possible. (Fully complete with a witness signature and everything; if it is not complete, it will not be counted.) If you have not received your absentee ballot yet and do not receive it by today, you must vote in person if you want to vote. Some reports Monday night said that you could call your clerk and have a ballot emailed to you if you had yet to receive it, but that is inaccurate: The only way you can vote if you do not receive your absentee ballot is to vote in person at your polling location.

If you have received your absentee ballot, you can drop off your vote at the following locations from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Election Commission staff are available to witness voter signatures.

  • Zablocki Library – 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. (enter through the courtyard)
  • Bay View Library – 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Washington Park Library – 2121 N Sherman Blvd.
  • Mill Road Library – 6431 N. 76th St.
  • Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Bldg –841 N. Broadway

Stay healthy and stay safe, Milwaukee.

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