APPLETON - Appleton City Clerk Cindi Hesse and her staff are pouring over their checklist getting everything ready for Tuesday's spring primary election.
"It's been quite a phenomenal task trying to organize all the materials that we pack into containers to send to the polling locations," said Hesse.
Tuesday voters in Appleton will have only a few races on the ballot, but making sure they go to the right location is the first hurdle.
"The biggest changes have been to redistricting and all of the lines have been redrawn so therefore everyone has an adjustment of some kind whether it's their ward, the district or their polling location," said Hesse.
There is reason to be concerned. Just days before the election people are still coming into local DMV offices, looking for a photo ID to vote with that many people already have. Tuesday will be the first statewide Election Day under a new law, which requires voters to show some identification at the polls.
"We've been hearing anecdotally that some people have been coming in believing there is something called a voter ID and they ask for that. But they don't understand that their Wisconsin drivers license or their Wisconsin photo ID card serve that purpose for voting," said Patrick Fernan, deputy administrator of the Wisconsin DMV.
It's also one of the reasons Appleton's 39,500-plus registered voters received a letter in the mail this week. The letter details the redistricting changes and provides information on the voter ID changes. Hesse says she expects the issues to cause some complications at the polls.
"But what issues we experience, we really won't know until Election Day," Hesse said.
So they'll prepare as best they can.
"It'll all come together," she said.
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