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Editorial: It’s summer, but it’s time to vote

With school out, families and people traveling and scattered for summer vacations, Aug. 12 is one lousy time to hold an election. Few of us are paying much attention to the noises from political campaigns.

But like it or not, Wisconsin has moved up its partisan primary from September to August. Tuesday’s partisan primary will field candidates from both major parties. They’re running for Congress, state senate and various state offices, including Democratic candidates for governor.

City residents, depending on their address, vote at one of four places: National Guard Armory; Meyer Middle School; River Falls High School; or UW-River Falls at the University Center.

Those who live in the towns vote at their respective town halls. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

During the primary, voters must vote for candidates from only one political party. Primaries don’t elect candidates for office. They do advance each party’s candidate  with the most votes to be placed on the November election ballot.

If you’re not registered to vote, you can register on the day of the primary. You’ll need to show proof of residency, such as a current driver’s license, employee I.D. with a photo, current property tax or utility bill, student college I.D., etc.

Registered voters don’t need to show photo I.D.s to prove who they are as this potential requirement is still being litigated.

On a side note, the city of River Falls is in need of special registration deputies for the November general election. Pay is $8.25 an hour.

The deputies are used in registration drives and registering people at the polls on election day. An hour-long training session in October is provided by the city.

If you’re interested in participating in this valuable civic service, call River Falls Deputy Clerk Bridget Hieb at 715-426-3419 or by email at