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Get Ready To Vote


The partisan primary election is less than one month away. On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, many of us will vote in a primary election to determine the candidates who will be on the general election ballot in November.

In a partisan primary you are only allowed to cast votes in one party. For example, if there are two Republicans running for a specific seat and two Democrats running for a specific seat, you may only vote Republican or Democrat – not both.

As your State Senator, I wanted to remind you that you will need to bring photo identification to vote in August. If you do not have a valid form of photo identification for voting, now is the time to make plans to get your ID. For a full overview of the photo ID requirement, please visit the Elections Commission (formerly the Government Accountability Board (GAB)) website: http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/photo-id

The following forms of photo ID are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4, 2014 election):
• A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
• A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
• A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
• Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
• A U.S. passport
• An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)

The following forms of photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:
• NEW: A veteran’s photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
• A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
• A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
• An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
• A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college or technical college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university, college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.
• A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.

There are some exceptions to the photo ID requirement for military absentee, people who cannot leave their residence indefinitely and for religious reasons. For more information on these exceptions, please visit: http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/are-there-exceptions-new-law

If you do not have any of the IDs mentioned in these lists, please make plans to visit a Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to request a free Wisconsin Identification Card for the purposes of voting.

Most people should bring a certified birth certificate, a Social Security card and a utility bill or cell phone bill for the required documentation necessary to get an ID. However, if you do not have one of these items, there ae other acceptable documents. The DMV’s requirements fall into four categories:
• Proof of Name and Date of Birth – documents such as birth certificates, current US passport, valid foreign passport, Certificate of Naturalization and more.
• Proof of Identity – documents such as Social Security Card, Military Discharge papers, US Government and Military Dependent ID card, Certified Marriage Certificate, Judgment of Divorce and more.
• Proof of Citizenship or Legal Status – documents such as US state or local government-issued birth certificate, US Certificate of Citizenship and more.
• Proof of Wisconsin Residency – documents such as utility bill, cell phone bill, bank account statement, employee photo ID from a current employer, paycheck stub, hunting or fishing license and more.

For a full list of valid documentation, please visit http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/how-do-i-get-free-state-id-card

The DMV locations in our counties follow. For more locations visit: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/find-dmv/default.aspx 

Grant County
Platteville Service Center
Highway 151 Industrial Park
31 Means Drive, Platteville, WI 53818
Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Green County
Monroe Service Center
815 1st Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Iowa County
Dodgeville Service Center
Springate Mall
316 W. Spring Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Juneau County
Mauston Service Center
318 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lafayette County
Darlington Service Center
197 Christensen Drive
Darlington, WI 53530
Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monroe County
Tomah Service Center
1021 N. Superior Ave.
Tomah, WI 54660
Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Richland County
Richland Center Service Center
26136 Executive Lane, Suite A
Richland Center, WI 53581
Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sauk County
Baraboo Service Center
1000 Log Lodge Court
Baraboo, WI 53913
Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Reedsburg Service Center
Town Hall
600 W. Main Street
Reedsburg, WI 53959
1st, 2nd, 3rd Wednesday of the month 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sauk City - Community Center
730 Monroe Street
Sauk City, WI 53583
5th Wednesday of the month 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vernon County
Viroqua Service Center
1316 N. Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Again, plan ahead! If you, or someone you know, do not have a valid photo ID for the upcoming election, make plans to visit a DMV to get your free ID. Your vote matters. Every vote matters.

Useful Information

Wisconsin Local Employment and Unemployment Estimates

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) estimates of unemployment and employment statistics for metro areas, major cities and counties in Wisconsin. The estimates include local unemployment rates for May 2016.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, it's lowest rate since March 2001, while ading 45,900 private sector and a significant 47,700 total non-farm jobs over the year ending in May 2016. Wisconsin's total employment remained at a record high in May, growing by a statistically significant 62,600 year-over-year.

The counties of the 17th Senate District experienced major changes over last year with all nine counties registering below 4%. Some of our counties declined by nearly an entire percentage point.

The following table shows the local unemployment rates from May 2015 and May 2016 for the counties in our district. Click Here to view a PDF of all of the data available from the Department of Workforce Development.

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*Source: Department of Workforce Development


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