The presidential primaries will bring many voters to the ballot on April 5, and the Sun Prairie City Clerk expects high local turnout. But are you ready to vote the whole ballot? It’s probably longer than you think! And while the ballots are long with uncontested races, every district in Sun Prairie faces an important decision for its City Council seat.
This guide is intended to help Sun Prairie area voters make informed decisions at the ballot box. Nothing matters more to local control of local decision-making than local elections! Vote the WHOLE BALLOT wisely on April 5!
The election will be held on April 5, 2015. Polls are open 7am to 8pm. You can also vote in person (absentee) at City Hall (300 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie) from March 21 – April 1 (hours: 8am to 7pm March 21-31; closed March 25; 8am to 5pm April 1). Click here to find your polling place. Please scroll to the bottom of this post for important information on the voter ID law and voter registration.
Sample Ballots for City of Sun Prairie residents are available here! Click here for info on voting in the Town of Burke, or here for info on voting in the Town of Sun Prairie.
Here’s what’s on the ballot:
CITY COUNCIL: There are competitive races for alder in every district in Sun Prairie!
Resources for all districts:
- League of Women Voters questionnaires (all districts)
- Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce summaries and bio statements.
- UPDATED 4/4/16 to include the following new endorsements:
- Rep. Gary Hebl: Steve Stocker (District 1)
- The Sun Prairie Star: Sun Prairie City Council– Hariah Hutkowski (District 1), Jon Freund (District 2), George Frank (District 3) and Mary Polenske (District 4); Rebecca Bradley (Supreme Court) [Note: link is to the Spring primary endorsements from February; cannot find link to full list of endorsements which were published in print on March 22, 2016.]
- Republican Women of Dane County: Sun Prairie City Council – Hariah Hutkowski (District 1), Jon Freund (District 2), George Frank (District 3) and Deanna Nelson (District 4); Rebecca Bradley (Supreme Court)
- PREVIOUSLY LISTED ENDORSEMENTS:
- South Central Federation of Labor endorsements: City Council: Steve Stocker (District 1), Maureen Crombie (District 3); Supreme Court: JoAnne Kloppenburg; School Board: Caren Diedrich; County Board: Nick Zweifel, Andrew Schauer; YES on Monona Grove School referendum.
- Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC): JoAnne Kloppenburg (Supreme Court)
- Sun Prairie Education Association: no endorsements this election (all incumbent candidates unopposed)
- AFL-CIO endorsements: City Council: Steve Stocker (District 1), Maureen Crombie (District 3); Supreme Court: JoAnne Kloppenburg; County Board: Nick Zweifel, Andrew Schauer; School Board: Caren Dierich, David Hoekstra, Steve Schroeder
- Wisconsin Progress endorsements: Steve Stocker (District 1).
- Dane County Democrats endorsements: City Council: Steve Stocker (District 1), Maureen Crombie (District 3); County Board: Nick Zweifel, Andrew Schauer.
- Republican Party of Dane County endorsements do not seem to be listed yet on their website
District 1 (Votes at Colonial Club):
District 2 (Votes at Patrick Marsh Middle School) – open seat; Diane McGinnis is not running for re-election
District 3 (Votes at Sun Prairie Public Library):
Maureen Crombie (campaign page)
District 4 (Votes at Westside Community Service Building)
SCHOOL BOARD: (All three incumbents unopposed for three-year terms)
League of Women Voters questionnaires
STATE and COUNTY races:
- DANE COUNTY SUPERVISORS (all candidates are unopposed)
District 3: Nick Zweifel (incumbent, unopposed)
District 19: Bill Clausius (incumbent, unopposed)
District 21: Andrew Schauer (incumbent, unopposed)
League of Women Voters questionnaires
- WISCONSIN COURT OF APPEALS District IV (uncontested)
Brian W. Blanchard (incumbent)
League of Women Voters questionnaire
- SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
Rebecca Bradley (appointed by Gov. Walker in Oct. 2015) (www.justicerebeccabradley.com, Facebook: Justice Rebecca Bradley)
JoAnne Kloppenburg (http://kloppenburgforjustice.com, Facebook: Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court)
League of Women Voters questionnaire
- DANE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES (Six-year terms; ALL candidates are unopposed)
Branch 3: Valerie L. Bailey-Rihn
Branch 4: Everett Mitchell
Branch 5: Nicholas J. McNamara (incumbent)
Branch 14: John D. Hyland
Branch 15: Stephen Ehlke (incumbent)
Branch 17: Peter C. Anderson (incumbent)League of Women Voters questionnaire
- PARTISAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
Vote for ONLY ONE CANDIDATE in your party of preference.
The ballot will list all candidates (even those who have already dropped out of the race). Wisconsin does not issue separate ballots to Republican or Democratic voters, but voters may only vote for one party for presidential preference. Voters do not need to demonstrate party affiliation to poll workers. As with all offices, voters may elect to write-in the name of a candidate not listed on the ballot, but write-in votes are only tallied for those candidates who have registered as write-in candidates prior to election day.
Other Voter Resources:
- Wisconsin Vote(candidate and issue resources)
- Government Accountability Board(voter information and election law)
- There are 71 School District Referenda statewide, including in Monona Grove.
BE PREPARED ON ELECTION DAY!
Important things to remember when you vote:
- Bring it to the ballot! Voter ID is now the law and you must present a valid form of photo identification to vote at the polls or at City Hall.
These are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4, 2014 election):
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
- Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
- A U.S. passport
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)
For more information on other valid forms of ID or how to get a free photo ID card, visit http://bringit.wi.gov/do-i-have-right-photo-id.
- GET REGISTERED! Not registered to vote? Moved since the last election? You can register online or at City Hall before election day, or you can register at the polls! You must bring proof of residence with you to register. From the GAB:
All Proof of Residence documents must include the voter’s name and current residential
o A current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card.
o Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
o Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and
bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
o A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
o A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list, that indicates citizenship, to the municipal clerk.
o A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before registration.
o Bank statement.
o Paycheck or paystub.
o A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
o A letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.
o Residential lease that is effective on date of registration. (Not valid if registering by mail.)
This is not a comprehensive list, but categories of the most common types
used by voters.
Final note from SPARC:
While SPARC does not endorse candidates as a group, we do want local voters to know that two of the City Council candidates (Steve Stocker in District 1 and Maureen Crombie in District 3) and Dane County Supervisor Nick Zweifel are members of the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition who have been endorsed by many of our friends and fellow SPARC members. These endorsements can be seen in the Sun Prairie Star or on the candidates’ campaign pages. We applaud these SPARC members and all the other candidates for stepping up to serve our community, and encourage all local voters to make a commitment to vote on April 5!