Subtle Changes Made to General Election Absentee Voting Process

By: Al Knox Email
By: Al Knox Email

Wisconsin residents looking to avoid long lines during the November 6 General Election are encouraged to take advantage of voting via absentee ballot.

The method is aimed toward out-of-state college students, soldiers overseas, or people who can't make it to the polls due to conflicting work schedules; but anyone of voting age may vote absentee.

The Pine River Town Clerk, Amy Duley says, "Anyone who wants to receive [an absentee ballot] one, should just contact their Municipal Clerk. She says, you'll then get the form in the mail.

People who have voted absentee in the past should be aware of changes new this year. Previously, voters could vote in person once the ballots were available. This year, the first date to vote in person absentee is October 22. However, you may mail your ballots in immediately.

Duley explains that even though ballots are available earlier for absentee voters, you are able to return them on election day as long as they are postmarked at anytime on or before November 6th, but must be received by 4pm on the 9th in the Clerks Office in order to be counted. Any ballots postmarked after the 6th or received after 4pm on the 9th will not be counted.

According to the Government Accountability Board, in 2008, nearly 6,500 military and overseas voter absentee ballots were counted in the state.

Wisconsin's top elections official expects at least 3 million people will vote in the General Election.

Click here to view a county-by-county list of municipal clerks contact information.

Click here to view instructions on how to return an absentee ballot.

Click here to print an absentee ballot voting application.

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