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In Rock County, 204 candidates meeting in 45 contested races Tuesday

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Jim Leute
April 1, 2013

— Election Day is Tuesday, and the choices for Rock County voters are plenty.

Consider these statistics from County Clerk Lori Stottler:

-- 204 candidates.

-- 77 ballot styles.

-- 45 contests.

-- 82 precincts and 48 polling places.

The top races in Janesville are for city council and school board, where voters will elect four and three candidates, respectively.

Results in the Janesville City Council election could be delayed because former member Yuri Rashkin has launched a write-in campaign. There also are two write-in candidates for other races, including the Parkview School Board, which previously had no candidates.

Stottler said the addition of viable write-in candidates could slow results tabulation.

“It requires a human tally,” she said.

In Milton, voters will pick a mayor and alderperson, and in the Edgerton School District, three board seats will be filled.

At the state level, Tony Evers and Don Pridemore are squaring off to become state superintendent of schools. Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack is facing a challenge from Ed Fallone.

Stottler said the average voter turnout for spring elections in Rock County is about 20 percent of eligible voters. That's what she's predicting for Tuesday, a view shared on the state level by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

“My wish for Tuesday is that people come out and vote in the April election like they do in November,” Stottler said.

Statewide, voters will choose among 9,587 candidates for 6,768 state and local offices.

Those interested in voting Tuesday might have these questions:

Q: When can I vote?

A: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide.

Q: What else is on the ballot?

A: Plenty.

There are other contested races in Janesville, Milton, Edgerton and Evansville, as well as the villages of Clinton, Footville and Orfordville.

Choices also exist in the towns of Beloit, Center, Harmony, Milton, Rock, Magnolia, Johnstown and Clinton.

School referenda are on the ballots for Beloit Turner and Brodhead school district voters.

In recent days, The Gazette has published previews of these contested races. They can be found online at gazettextra.com

Q: Where can I get information about where I vote or my registration status?

A: Online, go to myvote.wi.gov. or contact your local municipal clerk's office or county clerk's office. The Rock County Clerk's Office is at 608-757-5660. The Walworth County Clerk's Office is at 262-741-4241.

Q: Who are the Democrats in these races? Who are the Republicans?

A: In theory, it should be hard to tell because these are nonpartisan elections. Candidates do not have to declare party affiliations. Voters must examine the news stories, endorsements and any other background they can find to make their decisions.

Q: Do I need a photo ID to vote?

A: No. That law is still being challenged in the courts. But as always, you will need to identify yourself if you need to register to vote at the polls. For more about registering at the polls, call your municipal clerk or go online to gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/registration-voting.



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