Beloit

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Imagine an object that could help some students improve their attendance. Other students will learn leadership skills. Still others will discover how to become valuable employees some day. And everyone smells better.

That object? A basket of laundry. A humble chore is changing lives in one high school.

Beloit Memorial High School looks a lot like the old factories that sprawl across this city just north of  the Illinois/Wisconsin border. It’s huge.

The City of Beloit is processing absentee ballots at a single location this year, and some have yet to come in.

In the past, absentee ballots were held at city hall until Election Day, and then processed in each of Beloit’s wards.  However, a change in state law allowing no-excuse absentee voting has resulted in more ballots coming in over the years.  

City Clerk's Office -- Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit City Clerk Lori Stottler says Wisconsin voters have another week to start the registration process online to avoid long lines at the polls on Nov. 8.

Being registered may not be a given to voters who only vote once in a while, perhaps just for presidential elections. That’s why Stottler says voters should check to see if they’re still registered, or even register again ahead of next month’s election.

Primary Turnout High in Southern Wisconsin

Apr 6, 2016

County officials report high levels of voter turnout for Tuesday’s primaries.

Rock County reported levels of 62%, while Walworth county reported over 32%.   Polling places reported long lines, with some Janesville voters citing waits of 45 minutes or more. 

Yesterday’s election was also the first with high turnout to require a photo ID.  The Janesville Gazette reported that police had to confront a belligerent voter in Hedberg, but most people had no issue with the requirement. 

Visit Beloit

The 11th Annual Beloit International Film Festival begins its 10-day run Friday afternoon.  This year's could be the best yet.

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