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Election Dates
For the city of Wisconsin Rapids, elections for mayor, clerk, treasurer, city attorney, municipal judge, and alderpersons from even-numbered wards are held the first Tuesday in April of even numbered years. School district, county, and state nonpartisan offices are also elected then. Elections for alderpersons from odd numbered wards are held the first Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years.

A primary election is held the third Tuesday in February if necessitated by the number of candidates for an office in spring elections. Presidential Preference Elections are also held at this time in presidential election years.

Partisan elections are held Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Villages and townships in the Wisconsin Rapids Area elect officials on these same dates.

When nearing an election, it would be a good idea to check our Coming Events page for upcoming League Candidate Forums and other election related events. Detailed and updated information on state and national elections can also be obtained from the Vote 411.org site. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006. It provides a "one stop shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state specific information. Another excellent source of information about candidates and issues is Wisconsin Pubic Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. wisconsinvote.org site.

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Qualifications for Voting
To be eligible to vote in Wisconsin you must be:
   1.) A U.S. citizen.
   2.) 18 years or older on Election Day.
   3.) A resident of Wisconsin at least 10 days before the election.
   4.) Registered to vote or are registering on Election Day.
You are ineligible to vote in Wisconsin if you:
   1.) Have already voted in the election.
   2.) Are still required to report to a probation or parole officer because of a felony conviction.
   3.) Have been ruled incapable of voting by a judge.
   4.) Have made or become interested, directly or indirectly, in any bet or wager depending upon the result of the election.

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Voter Registration
Voter Registration is a simple and straight forward process requiring very little time and effort. It is the privilege and duty of every qualified citizen to register and vote. One of the primary functions of the League of Women Voters is to encourage and facilitate this important aspect of good citizenship. We'll gladly help and assist you in any way we can. Drop us an e-mail at lwvwra@lwvwra.org

Perhaps the simplest and most straightforward way to register is to contact your city, town or village clerk and register with them. If you are in doubt about how to contact your town or village clerk, check with the county clerk to obtain that information. Registration can be done at any time throughout the year. It can even be done at the polling places at the time of an election, although it is usually more convenient to do it early.

You will need to supply some form of identification during registration.

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Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots are available at your city, town or village clerk's office. Application for such ballots must be in writing and can be obtained directly from the clerk or by mail prior to an election. They may be used if you will not be able to go to your polling place to cast your vote on election day.

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Where to Vote
With the cooperation of the Wisconsin Rapids School District, the City of Wisconsin Rapids operates three polling places for voting in elections in the city. Polling places are Mead School for west side voters and Howe and Grove Schools for east side voters. East side residents who live north of Riverview Expressway vote at Howe School, and east side residents who live south of Riverview Expressway vote at Grove School.

Town and village residents vote in their respective towns or villages. Contact your county, city, town or village clerk if you are in doubt about the location of your polling place.

Polling places are open on election days from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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