It’s Election Day in Wisconsin

Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday for a variety of municipal and county races, but no statewide races.

Wisconsin’s voters will choose among 5,981 candidates for 3,794 state and local offices, as well vote in 101 different local referenda.

“While there is no statewide race on the ballot Tuesday to draw greater attention to this election, Spring Elections are the people’s chance to have their say about local government and schools,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Government Accountability Board. “These local officials and referenda can have a significant effect on people’s taxes and the quality of life.”

Local races include elections for three court of appeals judges, 39 circuit court judges as well as many county board supervisors, mayors, village presidents and school board members.

In Northeast Wisconsin, several area school districts have ballot measures, asking for various amounts of spending approval. The districts include: Green Bay, Oshkosh, Howard-Suamico, Brillion, Denmark, Oakfield, Menasha and Princeton.

Ashwaubenon has four questions related to school and community facility improvements.

Other notable races include Manitowoc County Executive, Neenah mayor, and a Waupaca County judge.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You will be able to full results on fox11online.com and on FOX 11 News at Nine.

To find out which candidates and referendums they will see on the ballot, voters should visit the MyVote Wisconsin website. Registered voters can put in their name and date of birth to see their record and what is on their ballot. Voters planning to register at the polls on Election Day can use the Address Search feature to find their polling place and see sample ballots for their city, village or town.

With the exception of news media covering the election and disability advocates documenting compliance with accessibility laws, no one is allowed to take photographs at a polling place because it can be disruptive, Kennedy said. And under Wisconsin’s election fraud law, it is a Class I felony to intentionally show your marked ballot to any person.

Kennedy explained that the law against showing your ballot was designed to ensure people are not getting paid for how they vote. If taking pictures of ballots were permitted, it would open the door to people being paid for how they vote, which would undermine people’s confidence in the outcome of elections, he said.

The GAB is predicting a statewide voter turnout of 12 percent.

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