During Wisconsin’s Partisan Primaries, Voters Must Vote Along Party Lines

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If you’re voting in Tuesday’s partisan primary, remember that you can only vote for candidates in one party.

Your ballot won’t be counted if you pick from both sides. 

If you spend time waiting in line at the polls, the last thing you want to happen is your vote not even counting. 

“The partisan primary in the fall is always the most confusing time to vote for most people,” Sandy Juno, the Brown County clerk, said. “If you do not select a party, and you do cast votes for more than one party, in this example, it would be Republican and a Democrat, our tabulator does not know how to tabulate it, it doesn’t know what you really want.”

If you do try to vote in and out of party lines, the machine tabulator will reject your ballot, but you do get a chance to try again. 

“You can bring the ballot back to the poll worker and they will reissue you a new ballot so that you can correct it,” Juno explained. 

The partisan primary also means you may not be able to vote for every office that has candidates, for example, if you vote Democrat, you may not be able to vote for a sheriff’s race that may only have Republican candidates.

You also cannot write-in a candidate from another party. 

“I mean if you think you’re going to sneak a vote in on another party, it’s not going to happen,” Juno said.

While you have to vote along party lines in this partisan primary, come the November general election, you can cross over party lines as much as you’d like. 

To find your local polling place, click this link.

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