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Election and voting information. Candidate guides with candidates responses to questions from the League. When elections are held.

Portage County Area Candidate Guide

Click on Candidate Guides in left menu for candidate guide pertinent to Portage County area

Election Days

The primary before the spring election is held the third Tuesday in February. In presidential election years Presidential Preference Elections are also held at this time.

The Spring election is held the first Tuesday in April. Spring elections are for school districts, local, county, and state nonpartisan offices.

For Portage County residents spring elections include the County Executive and County Board Supervisors.

For the city of Stevens Point, elections for mayor, clerk, treasurer, city attorney, municipal judge, and alderpersons from even-numbered wards are held the first Tuesday in April of even numbered years. Elections for alderpersons from odd numbered wards are held the first Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years.

Partisan elections are held in the fall. The primary before the fall election is the second Tuesday in September.

The general fall election is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Detailed and updated information on state and national elections can be obtained from the website. Developed by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) this site provides a "one stop shop" for election related information. The information is nonpartisan with both general and state specific information.

Partisan Primary Election

The primary before the fall election is a partisan primary.

The purpose of the partisan primary election is to decide which candidate will represent each political party in the general election

At a partisan election, the voter must restrict their voting to candidates from only one political party or from the list of independent candidates. Crossover voting is not allowed.

Each polling place has instructions on how to vote in a partisan primary, and election officials at each polling place can answer questions.

General Voter Information

Wisconsin Guide to Voter Rights and Responsibilities, 7/31/12 Find the facts about voting in your state at Before an election, find your polling place.

Find information about the next election at