Candidates seeking to fill Alderman Joe Dudzik’s seat to face off in special primary July 21st

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MILWAUKEE — Candidates seeking to fill the unexpired term in the Common Council’s 11th Aldermanic District will face off in a special primary election on Tuesday, July 21st.

The primary will determine the top two vote-getters who will face each other in the August 18th special election called by Common Council President Michael Murphy for the seat left vacant after the sudden passing in May of Alderman Joe Dudzik.

The winner of the August 18th special election will serve the remainder of the unexpired term which will expire on April 18th, 2016.

The Election Commission is sharing some important voting information for Tuesday’s special primary:

  • All regular polling places in the 11th Aldermanic District will be operational for both the July 21st special primary and the August 18th special election.  Polling places will be open for standard voting hours:   7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Voter ID requirements will be in effect, and an acceptable photo ID will be necessary to receive a ballot.  A list of acceptable photo IDs and other related instructions are available on the Election Commission website at  The photo ID does NOT need to list a voter’s current address if they are already registered to vote at their current address.
  • Voters may still register to vote on Election Day. If the address on their photo ID is not current, they will need to have a second Proof of Residency document with them that reflects their current name and address.
  • The City of Milwaukee will be using new voting tabulators for this election.  There is little change to how voting occurs with the new equipment, except that voters will note a slightly different ballot layout and they will fill in an oval next to their selected candidate’s name instead of the previous process of connecting an arrow.

The Election Commission is handling in-person absentee (“early”) voting for the special primary in room 501 of City Hall (200 E. Wells St.) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., through Friday, July 17th (with voting hours extended until 5:00 p.m. on the 17th).

Early voting for the special election (August 18th) will also be open at City Hall, room 501, from Monday, August 3rd until Friday, August 14th, with voting hours Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (with voting hours extended until 5:00 p.m. on the 14th).

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