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Primaries Feb. 21 For State School Superintendent, Peshtigo Town Offices
Issue Date: February 15, 2017
Wisconsin Elections Commission reminds voters that on Tuesday, Feb. 21 they have the opportunity to vote in a three-way primary for Superintendent of Public Instruction. There are races for circuit court judges in Manitowoc, Polk and Trempleau counties. In Marinette County's Town of Peshtigo three candidates seek to be on the ballot for the Town Chair and one Town Supervisor position.
Candidates for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction position are incumbent Tony Evers and challengers Lowell E. Holtz and John Humphries.
In each case, the top two vote getters in the primary election will be on the ballot for the Spring Election on Tuesday, April 4.
According to a Wisconsin Elections Commission news release, the Spring Primary historically is Wisconsin's lowest turnout election.
In the last two decades there have been three Spring Primaries for Superintendent of Public Instruction. They were in 2001, 2005 and 2009. For those primaries average turnout was 5.9 percent of the eligible voting age population. In the same period there were five primaries for Supreme Court Justice, with average 7.3 percent turnout.
Turnout for the Town of Peshtigo Primary on Tuesday will probably be large. Incumbent Chair Herman Pottratz faces a challenge from Supervisor Denise Wiedemeier and political newcomer Dale Marcusen. Incumbent Supervisor Dan Staudenmaier is being challenged by Dave Buechler and Rebecca DeMarce, both making first-time tries for office. In each case, the top two vote getters on Feb. 21 will win places on the April Spring Election ballot, where Supervisor Mark Monette is being challenged by Duane Panske but there is no need for a primary. The supervisor positions held by Wiedemeier and Dan Van Beek are not up for reelection this year. Clerk Clarence Coble said polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Election Commission Administrator Michael Haas reminds voters to bring their photo IDs when they go to the polls. Anyone wanting more information on which IDs are acceptable and how to get a free ID for voting can go to http://bringit.wi.gov or call 1-866-VOTE-WIS (866-868-3947).
"Most people already have the photo ID they need to vote such as a Wisconsin driver license or ID card," said Haas, who is Wisconsin's chief elections official. "If you don't have one of those or another acceptable photo ID, you can get one for free after just one visit to a Wisconsin DMV office."
"Just bring whatever identifying documents you have like a birth certificate and proof of your current address to obtain a photo ID. If you don't have those documents you may still obtain a document that you can use for voting through the ID Petition Process at the DMV office," said Haas.
Haas said that in addition to a Wisconsin driver license, ID card or other DMV-issued document, voters can also use military and veteran's IDs, some student IDs, tribal IDs, or a certificate of naturalization. The full list is available at .
"Your photo ID does not need to have your current address, and your name on your ID does not have to exactly match the name on the poll list," Haas said.
If you do not have a photo ID on Election Day, or if poll workers say your ID is not acceptable, you can still cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if you bring an acceptable ID to the clerk's office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.