Things you should know before casting your ballot Tuesday

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Posted, Monday August 11, 2014 --- 5:00 p.m.

The polls will open up first thing tomorrow morning for the one election where parties are pitted against themselves- The primary election. But there are some things you need to know before casting your vote.

Tuesday is the day that determines what names will be on the ballot come November.

Now this year there are some hot primaries with the biggest, according to political experts, being the attorney general race with three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.
Ismael Ozanne, Susan Happ, and Jon Richards.

Now the biggest concern for many people tomorrow is confusion over the states voter ID laws.

You DO NOT need photo ID to vote tomorrow since that law is still being contested. But, if you haven't registered to vote yet, you do need something that has your full name and address on it.

Political experts say tomorrow will be a good test run before the real deal in November.

"There's always the possibility that something could change between now and November but I think for the actual administration of elections, tomorrow is a good training ground to work through some of those bugs," said Dr. Maurice Sheppard, a political expert at Madison College.

A big thing to remember- Wisconsin has an open primary meaning you can vote even if you aren't registered with a specific party, but you have to either vote only for Democratic races or only for Republican races.

For example, someone can't vote in the Democratic attorney general race and cast a vote in the Republican first congressional district race. Many machines are programmed to not count a ballot if it crosses party lines during a primary, so make sure of the party before you fill in the bubble.

"I think for most Wisconsin voters, particularly ones that show up for the primary really value their vote," said Sheppard.

Some other rules to remember: Leave any political stickers, buttons, or shirts at home- electioneering at a polling place is illegal.

And for those of you who like to Instagram your life, or share everything on twitter, watch out. Taking a picture of your ballot, or showing your ballot to anyone is also illegal.

The polls will open up at 7 tomorrow morning.


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