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Getting ready for election day

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The first election of the year sets the stage for a new political season. Some big changes will go into effect for Tuesday's election.

One of the biggest changes will be the new voter ID law. You'll need to have an ID to cast your vote. But even if you leave yours at home, city officials are working to make sure you can still make your voice heard at the polls.

"February's elections are usually quite small," said Wausau city clerk Toni Rayala. "There have been some times when it's only 6% or 7%. I mean, literally, very small."

Despite February's reputation, Rayala said she still expects to see a good group of voters at the polls. Plus -- she said a lower turnout could be a blessing in disguise -- since workers have many kinks to iron out for the first time. On Tuesday, voters will have to show their ID to vote and sign a poll book.

"So many of these laws literally have been changing all the way up until yesterday," said Rayala. "We're trying to keep up just as fast as the state is on all of this."

Wausau voters may also be voting somewhere new this time around. After the most recent census, district maps were re-drawn -- shifting some voters into a new segment of the city. This will also be the first time the city will post election results on its website.

"The election results are going to be unofficial until we do our canvassing on Monday after the election day," said Rayala. "At 9 in the morning, we're going to be doing our canvassing."

Voters who forget their ID can still vote.

"Cast your vote, seal it up in a blue envelope and those come back to my [the city clerk's] office," said Rayala. "You then have until Friday at 4PM to come into the clerk's office, prove who you are by showing appropriate identification and then we'll count your ballot on Monday morning."

If you're not registered to vote yet, you can still do that at your polling place.

"It's a very good dry run, a nice quiet election so by the time April comes, we'll have everything ironed out," said Rayala.

Only some communities have something on the ballot in Tuesday's spring primary. To find out if you do -- and what issues are on your ballot -- you can click on this link.

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