Six Republican Senators Face Recall Elections In Six Wisconsin Districts
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (08/09/2011) - Six Republican State Senators and six Democrats who hope to replace them in six senate districts during the Wisconsin Recall Election today, August 9th, are each hoping, along with their political parties, that they are the victor. The balance of power in the state senate depends heavily on the outcome. Meanwhile, the Government Accountability Board reminds people the requirement to present a Voter Photo I.D. Card does not go into effect until next year.
Voters in Senate District 2 will be asked to choose between Republican Robert Cowles (Incumbent) and Democrat Nancy Nusbaum (Challenger).
District 8 voters will choose between Republican Alberta Darling (I) and Democrat Sandra Pasch (C).
In District 10, the choice is between Republican Sheila Harsdorf (I) and Democrat Shelly Moore (C).
Voters in Senate District 14 will be choosing from Republican Luther Olsen (I) and Democrat Fred Clark (C).
District 18 voters have a choice of Republican Randy Hopper (I) or Democrat Jessica King (C).
In District 32, voters who go to their polling place will see the names of Republican Dan Kapanke (I) and Democrat Jennifer Shilling (C) on the ballots.
The only other Wisconsin Senate Districts that will have Recall Elections this month are in Districts 12 and 22, Those Recall Elections of Democrat State Senators, requested by petitions from disgruntled Republicans, will not take place until the following Tuesday, August 16th.
Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID Law will be put to another test at both of the August recall election dates, and the Government Accountability Board reminds people who do not yet have a photo I.D. that they can still vote, without the Voter ID Card. The photo I.D. is not required by law until next year.
“Until February 2012, we are still in a ‘soft implementation’ period when a photo ID is not required,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Government Accountability Board.
“However, our Help Desk continues to get calls from people concerned that they can’t vote in the coming recall elections because they don’t have a photo ID,” Kennedy continued.
Under the new law during soft implementation, voters must be asked for a photo ID before they receive a ballot; however, if they do not have a photo ID they can still vote. Voters without photo IDs must be given a handout explaining they will need a photo ID to vote beginning in February 2012. The handout also explains what IDs are acceptable, and how to get a free photo ID for voting purposes.
The handout is available at http://gab.wi.gov/publications/brochures/voter-id-handout.
Elections Division Administrator Nathaniel E. Robinson said the Board is also aware of misinformation being spread about voter registration:
“The new Voter Photo ID Law did not change Election Day Registration,” Robinson said. “You can still register to vote on Election Day at your polling place,” Robinson said.
Robinson urged anyone with questions about the new Voter Photo ID Law to visit the Board’s website for complete, accurate information: http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/photo-id.
The Government Accountability Board encourages all eligible voters to participate in the August 9 and August 16 recall elections. Voters can check their registration status, find the election date in their area and view their sample ballot at the Voter Public Access website: http://vpa.wi.gov.
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