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Your guide to voting in Wisconsin’s 2024 spring election, presidential primary

Wisconsin's April 2 election includes 2 statewide referenda, an anti-climactic presidential primary and local races

A sign on the side of a voting divider says "Keep Ballots Dry" and explains tips for not getting ballots wet due to the rainy weather.
Madison resident Inez Baskerville votes Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Majestic Theatre in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Voters head to the polls across Wisconsin Tuesday for an election that includes a presidential primary, two proposed amendments to the state constitution and a long list of local races and proposals.

You can check what’s on your ballot at myvote.wi.gov.

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A roll of “I Voted!” stickers are shown, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in Doral, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo

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Wisconsin weighs in on presidential primary

The presidential primary is all but decided, since President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump already have enough delegates to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations.

Nonetheless, there will still be six Republican candidates on Wisconsin’s presidential primary ballot, including former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, even though every Republican candidate except for Trump has dropped out of the race.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota will appear alongside Biden on the ballot, although Phillips has also dropped out.

Some progressives are urging Wisconsinites to vote none of the above by selecting “uninstructed” on the Democratic ballot, as a way to pressure Biden into not taking their votes for granted. They’re calling for an immediate ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas, and they’re urging Biden to withdraw military aid to Israel and to reinstate humanitarian aid to a UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees.

Similar efforts have taken hold in other states. During Michigan’s presidential primary in February, for instance, more than 100,000 uncommitted votes accounted for 13 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary compared to Biden’s 81 percent.

2 referendum questions could change how Wisconsin runs elections

Voters statewide will weigh two referendum questions that would amend the state’s constitution to restrict how future elections can be run in Wisconsin.

A “yes” vote on question 1 would bar private donations and grants from being used to run elections in the state. A “yes” vote on question 2 would specify that only election officials could carry out tasks needed to run an election.

READ MORE: Private funds and elections: What voters need to know about the April 2 referendums

Voters in scores of districts will decide school funding proposals

Across the state, voters in 85 school districts will weigh a total of 91 school-related referenda.

That includes a request from Milwaukee Public Schools for $252 million in funding over four years.

How to vote

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Voters have until 8 p.m. to return an absentee ballot.

A photo I.D. is needed to vote. If you haven’t registered already, it’s not too late. You can register at the polls until 8 p.m. on Election Day, but you’ll need to provide proof of residence.