Early voting kicks off ahead of Aug. 9 primary

NOW: Early voting kicks off ahead of Aug. 9 primary

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- With two weeks before the Aug. 9 primary, Wisconsin's early voting period is now underway. It runs through Aug. 6. 

A rally highlighting the importance of the upcoming election kicked off on Milwaukee's north side Tuesday, July 26. 

Groups including "Souls to the Polls" and "Fight for 15" were at the event held at Midtown Center. 

Midtown Center -- located at 4131 North 56th Street -- is one of the four early voting locations in the city of Milwaukee.

The other three include: 

  • Zeidler Municipal Building - 841 North Broadway
  • Good Hope Library - 7715 West Good Hope Road
  • Zablocki Library - 3501 West Oklahoma Avenue

Meantime, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding voters to check and be sure they have the proper identification to vote. 

Wisconsin driver licenses or IDs are the most common form of identification used for voting purposes. A federally compliant REAL ID card is not required to show at the polls. The Wisconsin Elections Commission notes other forms of identification are valid for voting, such as military or student ID cards. To see if a card meets the requirements, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

To obtain an official ID card from the DMV, there are documentation requirements such as a birth certificate. If all documentation is not readily available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) may be used to obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained.

DMV offers this service and ID cards for voting purposes free of charge. 

The deadline to register to vote is Friday, Aug. 5. Milwaukee residents will need to bring a valid I.D. and proof of address.

Eligible voters can vote absentee by mail by Wednesday, Aug. 3. Absentee ballots can also be dropped off at polling locations.

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