Tuesday, February 15 is election day. For most of us, there is only one race on the ballot: the school board primary. Eight candidates are vying for three seats. The top six vote-getters on Tuesday will advance to the April 5 general election.
The League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area hosted a candidate forum on January 31. Conveniently for CP readers, three candidates did not bother to show up. Three of the remaining five candidates--Berkedal, Garcia, and Jimenez--are running as a block to ensure enough votes to get on the ballot for the April election.
Voting begins at 7 a.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. You must have a photo ID to vote. A Wisconsin Driver's License will work as will a passport or other documents. For a list, see BringIt.wi.gov.
To check your registration and your polling place (some have changed recently), visit myvote.wi.gov.
If you need to register or update your voter registration, you can do that at the polls on election day, and you might need additional Proof of Residence documentation, something official and dated that shows you currently live at your address. If your current address is on your Wisconsin driver's license, that will be sufficient.
Some La Crosse voters will also have a chance to vote in a county board primary.
Too many people think that "small" elections, like those for school board or city council, don't matter, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Please PLAN TO VOTE on Tuesday!
If you need a ride to the polls Tuesday, please email us BY Monday, February 14 at 9 p.m. with your name, from and to addresses, and phone number.
Another opportunity to vote--this time for how our city will spend almost $22 million in American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds--is ending soon. If you have suggestions for how the city should spend these funds, please visit the city's ARPA page. Suggestions are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, February 15.