By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Aug 11, 2020 at 10:46 AM

November may be the focus of everyone's attention, but there's still one more election for Wisconsin before then: the state partisan primary, taking place Tuesday, Aug. 11. 

While you still have to wait another few months to vote on the big races including president, all elections are important elections – and this one's no different, with several impactful contests deciding positions up for grabs and who will move on to the November ballot. (For a look at who and what on your particular ballot in this partisan primary, plug your address in here.)

Here's where and how to make your voice heard. 

Where to vote

Polling locations will be open today starting at 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. To find and confirm your polling location, visit this website or put your address into the city's Where Do I Vote? page.

Thankfully, unlike during the April election when only five Milwaukee County polling locations in the midst of a pandemic, 168 polling places – about 95 percent of the city's total sites, according to JSOnline – will be open on Tuesday. That should help with managing crowds and lines – but the pandemic is still raging on, so remember keep six feet of distance at minimum between yourself and others, bring your own black ink pen, wash your hands well before and after going out, and wear a mask if you are voting in person. 

Regular voter registration rules apply, which means same-day registration is available. For details on the ID and documents needed, click here and click here

Absentee voting

For those voting absentee in this partisan primary, your ballot must be returned by mail or by delivery to your polling place or municipal clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. You can also drop off your vote at the following locations from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Election Commission staff are available to sign as voter witnesses.

  • City Hall Election Commission Office, 200 E. Wells St., Room 501
  • Election Commission Warehouse, 1901 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Central Count at the Assurant Building, 501 W. Michigan Ave.

And don't forget November!

Remember: The voter registration deadline for the presidential election this November is Wednesday, Oct. 14 (for those registering online or via mail), and the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot for that election is not until Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. – though request one and submit it sooner than later. For more information and resources for registering, verifying your voter registration and more, click here

Again, every election matters. Use your voice and vote – even when there's nothing "exciting" on the ballot and even during a pandemic.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.