Wisconsin Starts Early Voting For April 5 Presidential Primary

Residents Have Until April 1 To Cast Early Ballot

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In-person early voting got underway in Wisconsin Monday ahead of the April 5 election.

People streamed into Milwaukee’s municipal building starting at 8 a.m. to cast their ballots. Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Neil Albrecht said he expects even more business in coming days, based on the early vote totals for neighboring Illinois’s presidential primary last week.

“When you look at the city of Chicago, 1/3 of the voters in their presidential primary voted early. People love to vote early,” said Albrecht.

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He also urged voters to go online and familiarize themselves with the ballots ahead of time, noting that only have to mark a partisan choice for the presidential primaries.

“A lot of voters have been finding that confusing, so, when you are declaring your political party on the ballot, it’s only for that presidential primary race, all the rest of them are

nonpartisan offices and you don’t have to worry about their political affiliations,” Albrecht explained.

Voters can cast their early ballots through April 1 but polling places are only open on weekdays with one voting site per municipality. An acceptable photo ID is required to get an in-person absentee ballot.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story featuring Associated Press Content has been updated with original reporting.