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Tuesday’s Election: What you need to know

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VOTING INIATIVE

Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Tuesday is Wisconsin's partisan primary election, and just like previous elections this past year, it'll look a bit different.

To make sure Eau Claire County voters are safe, hand sanitizer will be provided before and after voting.

Although poll workers will be wearing masks, voters are not required to wear one but are strongly encouraged.

"At certain spots, there will be guards between the voter and poll worker to ensure that if you have to get closer than that six feet, that there is a guard between the two of you," said Carrie Riepl, the city of Eau Claire clerk.

Alongside these precautions, voters can expect a different layout.

"When a voter comes to the polls, we will have tape marks on the floor every six feet apart," Riepl said. “There will be a pen that you’ll pick up at the entrance, and at the end, you’ll either take that pen with you or leave it to be sanitized before the next voter.”

If you're already registered to vote, all you need to bring is a form of picture I.D. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so on-site; just make sure to bring a document proving your address, such as a utility bill.

"They have to have lived in that spot for 28 days," said Janet Loomis, the clerk for Eau Claire County. "Bring in proof of address, and then you can register to vote and then receive a ballot."

Both Loomis and Riepl predicted Tuesday's voter turnout to be a bit lower, because there have been more absentee ballot requests this election.

One race a lot of people are watching closely is the third congressional district race. The Democratic ballot has incumbent Representative Ron Kind facing Democrat Mark Neumann. Republican Jessi Ebben is up against Derrick Van Orden.

Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Click/tap here to find your polling location.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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