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Vote on Feb. 20: Be a voice for farmers

Thursday, February 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Mara, director of public relations
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It seems early to say this, but it’s election season.

Across the state, residents have the opportunity to vote in the spring primary election Feb. 20. As a refresher, the primary election is when voters narrow down the field of candidates for the April 3 general election, when the final winners are decided.

The spring primary is often overlooked, but it matters. Numerous positions on local government boards are at stake, and these local leaders make decisions that affect us daily. It is critical that agriculture is represented. Given the typically low turnout in these elections, literally one or two votes can swing a race.

This year, there is also a primary for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. There are three candidates running for that non-partisan position and the field will be narrowed to two. One of them is Judge Michael Screnock, a circuit court judge in Sauk County. He formerly worked at Michael Best and helped to write briefs in the Larson Acres case defending our livestock siting law.

Be the voice for your farm. Learn about your local races and which candidates are best suited to address the needs of farmers. Then, head to the voting place and cast your ballot. Follow that up by voting on April 3.

Voting information

What: Spring primary election

When: Tuesday, Feb. 20. Voting places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Click here for a list of voting places.

  • A voter ID (i.e. driver’s license) is required.
  • You must be registered to vote. If you’re not, you can do so when you show up to vote. Proof of residence is needed. A driver’s license works if the address is current. Otherwise, take a real estate bill or utility bill.
  • You can vote before the election. If you cannot make it to the voting place, you can file an absentee ballot. Here’s an application. You will need to contact your municipal clerk. Find your clerk here.

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