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About two million Wisconsinites will go to the polls today to decide who their next governor will be and whether a ban on gay marriage should be part of their Constitution.

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There's a lot more on the ballot, too.

However, State Elections Board director Kevin Kennedy says the extremely-tight governor's race, the marriage amendment, and a referendum on the death penalty should drive up today's voter turnout above 50 percent.

It was 44-percent in the last similar contest in 2002.

Voters will also choose a new attorney general to replace the defeated Peg Lautenschlager.

Also, eight U.S. House members, including a new one for northeast Wisconsin, and a new U.S. Senator (although three-term Democrat Herb Kohl is expected to win easily) will all be up for re-election.

The entire state Assembly and just over half the Senate is up for grabs and Republicans would lose their full control of the Legislature if Democrats can gain three Senate seats.

Numerous county offices are also being contested.

All polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. tonight.

If you need to register, bring a driver's license and those without licenses must present the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

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