Voting is Easy!

Tips for first time voters.

It may seem scary at first, but voting is easy. If you are a little nervous to vote, that is normal. If it makes you feel better, bring a friend with you.

Before the Election

Before the election, you should read the newspaper and watch TV so that you can decide who you want to vote for.

On Election Day

If you have never voted before you can go to your polling place on Election Day and register to vote. The most important thing to remember is to bring the correct information with you. To find out how to register to vote and what information you need to bring click here: http://elections.state.wi.us.

A poll worker is someone who helps out on Election Day. Poll workers are there to answer questions if you have them. They will also make sure that you have registered to vote. A poll worker may ask you for your name and address, and will record that they gave you a ballot. Another poll worker will either give you a ballot or direct you to a voting machine. Then, It is your job to vote. Ask for help if you need it.

Be sure to read the directions on the ballot carefully. Sometimes you are allowed to vote for only one person for an office, and sometimes you are allowed to vote for more than one person for an office. An "office" is the job that the person wants. For example, George Bush was elected into the office of the President of the United States.

Sometimes you will be asked to vote for referendum. A "referendum" is a proposal. So you vote for a proposal and not a person. For example, a referendum on a ballot may ask if you want to have your taxes increased to pay for a new elementary school.

For more information about voting for individuals with disabilites, go to the following Voting in Wisconsin: A Guide for Citizens with Disabilities (http://www.adawipartnership.org/Voting/VotingGuide.htm)

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