The November General Election is now in less than 3 weeks, and for those of us who will be out of town or simply too busy to vote on Election Day, absentee voting is an option.
All registered Wisconsin voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot, which can be done by mail or in person.
To vote absentee by mail, you should fill out an absentee ballot request form and mail it to your municipal clerk. You can request an absentee ballot be mailed to you at MyVote, and the site even allows you to track your ballot after you fill it out and return it. The deadline to have your requests for regular mailed absentee ballots is Thursday, November 1st, at 5 p.m.. However, absentee voters who are in the military, hospitalized, or serving jury duty, have later request deadlines and can contact their local clerk for details. Voters who need absentee ballots mailed are urged to request them as soon as possible.
To vote in person, you can show up to your local clerk’s office any time during regular business hours up through Friday, November 2nd. That’s what Marla Curran of Allouez did, a process she said took only 5 minutes.
“We aren’t going to be here during voting hours on Tuesday of Voting Day,” Curran said. “It’s very convenient. We only live half a mile from here, and it’s easy-in, easy-out. You don’t have to fight the lines.”
One thing to note – you must always provide a photo ID in order to receive a ballot.
According to the Wisconsin Election Commission, as of Wednesday, more than 174,000 absentee ballots have been issued for the election so far, of which over 96,000 have been returned. To get daily updates on absentee voting in Wisconsin, you can visit here.