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Here we go again: Back to voting booth

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Last month it was the local spring elections. Last February it was a few primaries preceding those elections. Now there's the governor recall primary slated for this Tuesday, May 8.

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Wisconsin and River Falls residents vote in the first-stage of the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

On the Democratic side for governor, there are four legitimate Democrats on the ballot: Kathleen Vinehout, Douglas La Follette, Kathleen Falk and Tom Barrett. Republican Gladys Huber is also running as a fake Democrat.

On the Republican side, Walker of course is on the ballot. His opponent is Arthur Kohl-Riggs who's never been associated with the Republican Party.

Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will also face a recall election in June. She does not have an opponent, real or otherwise, so her name will not be shown on the primary ballot.

Three names will appear on the primary ballot as Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor.

Two are real Democrats: Mahlon Mitchell and Ira Robins.

The third is a Republican, Isaac Weix, from Elmwood.

Weix also ran and lost as a fake Democrat last July against Shelly Moore in the Democratic primary before the recall election of state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf.

Where to vote

Because road construction has closed East Cascade Avenue, city residents in District 2 who normally vote at UW-River Falls' University Center will vote instead in the lower level of City Hall, 222 Lewis St.

District 2 covers roughly the city's south side, going from South Main Street to Hwy. 65, and from East Cascade (but also including Hillcrest, Pierce and Oak Knoll streets) to the area around the high school that is south of Cemetery Road.

District 1 residents vote at the National Guard Armory, corner of West Division and Grove streets.

District 3 residents vote at Meyer Middle School (use north entrance), 230 N. Ninth St.

District 4 residents votes at the high school (use main entrance to the commons/gym), 818 Cemetery Road.

May 8 primary voters will not be required to show a photo I.D. The recently passed legislative bill requiring a photo I.D. is tied up in court.

River Falls Deputy City Clerk reminds absentee voters to remember to complete the "highlighted yellow portion" of the certification envelope that comes with their ballots.

Absentee ballots for the primary must be postmarked no later than election day and received by 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, to be considered valid.

River Falls City Clerk Lu Ann Hecht passed along two interesting items from the state's Government Accountability Board website:

  • Because each recall primary is a separate election event, voters may cross parties in the recall primary but they may still only vote once per office.

    For example, in the governor's primary, you may only vote for one person, either a Republican or a Democratic candidate.

  • Rumors have spread that the governor can avoid a final recall election June 5 if he won the Democratic primary by write-in votes. This is false.

    A person can't be a candidate in two primaries for the same office. The GAB has instructed clerks not to count write-in votes for anyone already a candidate in another primary for the same office.

    Since Walker is a primary candidate for the Republican Party, any write-votes for the governor in the Democratic Party are invalid.

    Rural voters

    For those living in the towns outside the city of River Falls, here's where to vote:

    • Troy, 654 Glover Road on the west side of Hwy. 35N.
    • Kinnikinnic, 1271 County Road J (near intersection with County Road JJ).
    • Pleasant Valley, 1630 30th Ave.
    • River Falls, W9015 770th Ave. (Randall Road and Hwy. 65)
    • Clifton, W11705 County Road FF (near intersection with County Road QQ).
    • Martell, W5581 Hwy. 63.

    All city and town polling stations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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    Phil Pfuehler
    Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
    (715) 426-1050
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