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Preparing for Tuesday's recall primary

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Even though Tuesday's recall election is considered a primary, state election officials said this one will be different.

"The recall petitions all happened to come in on the same day and the board has set it up so that the elections will happen on the same day but legally they are sort of separate events," said Wisconsin Government Accountability Board spokesperson Reid Magney.

In the governor's race, voters can pick just one candidate -- democrat or republican. The rest of the candidates on the ballot are democrats.

Voters can choose from one of the three candidates for lieutenant governor and a state senate candidate in four districts. That includes the 29th, in our area. The senate races are somewhat unique -- since "fake" democrats were planted on the ballot by the republican party. But it's still a real election.

"We don't really make distinctions between whether someone is fake or not," said Magney. "We know that there are four senate democratic candidates whose paperwork was prepared and filed by the Republican party."
 
Marathon County clerk Nan Kottke said she doesn't know how many voters will turn up for Tuesday's primary, but she expects a greater turnout in June for the general election.

"We prepare all the election information and get the ballots printed and get that all distributed along with supplies to the municipal clerks and then they take over from there," said Kottke. "And when polls close tomorrow night then we get all the results back here."

Beyond Tuesday, workers said they're looking ahead to what's next.

"We're already getting ready for June's election and we're also getting ready for the August election so it seems like it's never-ending for 2012," said Kottke.

As a reminder, you do not need to bring your photo ID to the polls. But if you're voting for the first time, you'll need to prove who you are and where you live.
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