On Tuesday voters in both Minnesota and Wisconsin
will head to the polls to decide which candidates
will be on the November ballot.
The primary is not expected to bring in record crowds
in either state.
but those involved say this is important.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke joins us now to explain why.
the Government Accountability Board predicts only
a 15 percent voter turnout next week.
which is actually average for a primary election here
in La Crosse.
Minnesota and Wisconsin have a partisan election next
meaning voters only check the box for candidates in
one political party.
Whether you lean to the left.
to the right or try and stay in the middle.
if you want to vote for someone in November.
you need to cast your vote in August.
The road to winning an election.
really begins with the primary.
TL: 9- it's narrowing the field down
No matter what the race.
a candidate must win their party's primary election.
before voters will see that candidate's name.
on the ballot come Novemeber.
JH: 4- for the public, they are really narrowing down
the choices, picking the best candidates so we have
better contests in November
KZ: 2- a primary for me was all about making sure
that all Minnesotans had their voice and let them
have their choice on election day to vote for their
candidate, not to vote against anybody else
New federal law has forced states to hold primary
elections in August.
which political scientist Joe Heim says isn't ideal
for voters or candidates.
JH: 1- It used to be in September, so people would
tend to start looking at it at the beginning of September,
schools days and all that.
Now in the summer people don't pay much attention
to campaigns and elections
Heim says even though not many are expected to cast
picking the right candidate in a primary race is extremely
JH: 6- If it's a strong democrat or strong republican
area......who ever wins the primary is going to win
A couple things to remember when you are heading out
to the vote next week.
If you still need to register bring with you a proof
of residency like a utility bill.
or your lease.
And you do not need a photo i-d to vote.
If you would like to see a sample ballot.
find your polling location.
or see if you're registered to vote.
you can visit the websites on your screen.
We will also have the links on our website.
news 8-thousand dot com.