Registering at polls may take extra time todayIf you plan to register at the polls today, you’ll need some extra time. New voters, and those who’ve changed their addresses, will have to fill out forms.
If you plan to register at the polls today, you’ll need some extra time.
New voters, and those who’ve changed their addresses, will have to fill out forms.
Certified clerks will enter them into a state database. After that, machines will spit out registration certificates and only then can those people vote.
In Plymouth, City Clerk Patty Huberty says the process should take up to 10 extra minutes per voter.
She says they’ll probably deal with slow computers – because all 1,850 Wisconsin municipalities could be entering new applications.
Huberty says the process should be okay today, with a 35 percent turnout expected statewide.
She’s more worried about what will happen in November.
Even in a small town like Plymouth, Huberty says she’s gotten up to 800 new voter registrations in each of the last two presidential contests. She says it’s quite a task to get everything processed.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Wisconsinites who registered in advance will have to sign up again at the polls. That’s because their applications missed the Jan. 30 filing deadline.
In some cases, it wasn’t their fault. Director Kevin Kennedy said one recruiting group sent in a large number of late registrations