When voters go to the polls in a week for a statewide recall primary, they will have the option to cross party lines with their votes. Voters may select only one candidate each in the race for governor and lieutenant governor, but they don’t need to stick to one political party with their votes, which is unusual for a primary, said Cindy Cepress, Wood County clerk. In Wisconsin Rapids, it should be easy to understand the ballots, said Shane Blaser, Wisconsin Rapids clerk. The ballot has two columns, and Blaser is instructing poll workers to tell people to vote for one person in each column.
Someone is running against incumbent Gov. Scott Walker for the Republican nomination, but no one is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in the primary, Cepress said. Some people who vote for a Republican in the governor’s race might want to vote for a Democrat in the lieutenant governor’s race, where there is a choice.
“It’s a little confusing,” Cepress said. “We’re talking about a recall election, which is different.” The important thing is to remember to vote for only one candidate in each race, Cepress said.