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Wis. officials ready for election

MADISON (AP) -- Municipal and county clerks around Wisconsin say they are ready for the state's new voter identification law when it takes effect in Tuesday's spring primary election.

The event is traditionally a low turnout affair, and it's expected to be even lower with no statewide elections on the ballot this year. But officials say because of possible confusion with the voter ID law and new boundaries for local races, the election will be a good dry run for what should be a higher turnout presidential primary on April 3.

About 522 municipalities will hold elections, which is less than 30 percent of all Wisconsin cities, villages and towns. Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney says he expects 5 percent to 10 percent of eligible voters to show up at the polls.

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