This voter’s guide is an electric/web based guide to the upcoming April 3, 2018 election for Richland County. We are trying to make the voting process as simple as possible. We want everyone to know how to physically vote, where to vote, when to vote and we want the information available so you can make the best decision on who to vote for. All the highlighted blue text has web links to more information.
Question Number ONE:
The first question everyone should ask, am I registered to vote? These answers can be found by going to the MyVote Wisconsin website. This website has so much helpful information. An upcoming deadline to keep in mind is March 30, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Register in Your Municipal Clerk’s Office– Voters may register in-person in their municipal clerk’s office during the clerk’s business hours until 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2018. You can click on this link to find out if you are already registered to vote in the next election. If you are not registered, you can still do so!
Question Number TWO:
Will I be able to vote on election day? Will I be able to fit it into my schedule? Will I be physically present in the county during voting hours. If you are a student, consider your after school schedule and make plans to vote during lunch. If you work and your shift makes it difficult to get to the polling place on time, consider absentee ballot. If you need to vote by absentee ballot, here is the deadlines for absentee voting to keep in mind.
Absentee Voting- Deadlines for the April 3, 2018 Spring Election
All voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for any reason. Voters must be registered before they can request an absentee ballot. Voters may request their absentee ballot in writing. To request an absentee ballot on MyVote.wi.gov click here. You must provide a photo ID with your absentee ballot request.
March 29, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Regular and Permanent Overseas Voters- If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voters, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2018.
March 30, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Indefinitely Confined and Military- If a voter is indefinitely confined or is in the military then your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2018.
Possibly though April 1, 2018 –Deadline for In-Person Absentee- Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 1, 2018. Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours.
Question number THREE:
The next step is to know where to go. You can easily put in your address into the MyVote webpage and it will tell you exactly where to go to vote. It will give you the location and show you a map that you can follow with your cell phone to get directions to navigate the location.
We have also made a web page that simplifies figuring out which Richland County board of supervisor district you live in. If you are unsure which district is yours, check out our Simplified page.
Question number FOUR:
What am I voting for? Again, the MyVote website is a wonderful tool for this! Click on the link, add your address and it will give you a sample ballot to look at that will have all of your options. Be aware of the Statewide referendum question as well.
QUESTION 1: Elimination of state treasurer. Shall sections 1 and 3 of article VI and sections 7 and 8 of article X of the constitution be amended, and section 17 of article XIV of the constitution be created, to eliminate the office of state treasurer from the constitution and to replace the state treasurer with the lieutenant governor as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands?
You will answer YES or NO. Here is a Facebook page that can help you make that decision.
Question number FIVE:
Do I know my choices? Have I become informed? There are many ways to learn more about the candidates in our local districts. The Richland Observer just released a whole paper devoted to the candidates on Thursday, March 22. It is still available for sale at many local outlets.
WRCO also will be having their Spring General Election Forum. They have extended air time on WRCO for the local candidates that will be up for election. Be sure to check back throughout the week to hear from more of the candidates. They will also be broadcast on WRCO during the Morning Show this week on WRCO FM 100.9.
Many of the candidates have Facebook pages and websites with more information. We have included links to digital information. Not all candidates have shared digital information with our digital voter’s guide. The Richland Observer does have information from each candidate. We hope to add more candidate biographies as they supply them to us. Names highlighted in blue have a web page to link to and you can click on (Facebook page) to be linked to their actual Facebook page if they have one.
Mayoral Race: Paul Corcoran and Mike Kaufman
- City Council Race: District 1 (Wards 1, 2 and 3) Jacob Lundgren and Karin Tepley
- City Council Race: District 2 (Wards 4, 5 and 6) Jay B Mueller and Travis Wertz
- City Council Race: District 3 (Wards 7, 8 and 9) Robert Bindl and John Collins
Richland County Board contested seats (all other seats are uncontested)
- District Seven: (town of Akan, Sylvan Ward 2 and Richwood Ward 1)
- District Two: (Town of Bloom, Sylvan Ward 1 and Marshall Ward 2)
- District Nine: (Town of Richland Ward 3)
- District Fourteen: (City of Richland Center Wards 9 & 10)
- Chad Cosgrove and Bill Kloehn
- District Nineteen: (Town of Buena Vista Wards 2 & 4)
- Floyd Bartow Jr. and Van Nelson