Primary election ballots cause confusion among some voters

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by Marshanna Hester

MILWAUKEE - It's primary election day and there are several races across the state that could change the landscape of government.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. and so far, election commission officials say there have been no major problems.

They do tell CBS 58, however, there has been a steady flow of mildly confused voters because of the ballot.

All of the candidates are one sheet, but you can only vote for those in the same political party.

It's important for voters to carefully read over the ballot to avoid starting over.

Poll volunteers do explain the directions before voters go in the booth.

They can also help those who have additional questions after they get started.

For the most part, the partisan primary has been smooth for all those involved across the city's 195 polling locations.

Election officials expect voter turnout to be 20 percent to 25 percent in the county because of hotly-contested races, like Milwaukee County sheriff.

Voters say they just want to make a difference.

"There are a number of things going on with government that I believe people need to come down and vote, even though it's supposed to be a small turnout today," said Tiffany Stankiewicz, voter. "I hope it's much larger than expected."

"It's my civic duty and if I don't vote I can't complain when something goes wrong," said voter Toyree Madison.

The polls close at 8 p.m.

To find your polling place, or for general questions visit the My Vote WI website. 

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