In-person absentee voting for the Aug. 11 partisan primary election is now underway at municipal clerks’ offices across Kenosha County, while the window to request an absentee ballot by mail remains open until Aug. 6, County Clerk Regi Bachochin reminded voters today.
“No doubt, this will be another unusual election due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bachochin said. “But our municipalities are working hard, offering voters easy alternatives to cast their ballots without having to go to the polls on Election Day, if they so choose.”
Those who wish to receive an absentee ballot by mail must make a request in writing to their city, town or village clerk, or online at https://myvote.wi.gov. The deadline to make this request is 5 p.m. on the fifth day before the election, in this case Aug. 6.
In order to be counted, filled-out absentee ballots must be received by your municipal clerk on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 11. Ballots received after that time will not be counted.
For those returning their ballots by mail, the Post Office is recommending that they be posted at least a week before Election Day, to ensure that they arrive on time.
For those who wish to drop off their ballots on or before Election Day, nearly all of Kenosha County’s municipalities are now offering drop boxes at their city, town or village halls. (A list of drop box locations appears at the end of this news release.)
In-person absentee voting began this week and continues through Aug. 7. Hours and days of availability vary by municipality, as follows:
Absentee ballot drop box locations — available until 8 p.m. Aug. 11:
Voting by absentee ballot:
When voting by absentee ballot there are several important items that need to be complete for your ballot to be cast. Most rejected absentee ballots are missing one or more of these REQUIRED items on the certification portions of the envelope. Please make sure these are complete before returning your ballot. The ballot cannot be cast unless it includes these three things:
When you receive your absentee ballot, your municipal clerk has included instructions for completing the certification statements on the outside return envelope. Please read the letter completely. Double check that you have followed the correct steps before returning your ballot. If you have any questions, contact your municipal clerk.
If you are returning your ballot by mail, the Post Office is recommending that you post your ballot AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE IT IS DUE.
Most of the municipalities have a drop-box available for voters to put their ballot envelopes.
Ballots MUST be received by your MUNICIPAL CLERK on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 11, 2020, to be counted. Ballots received after Aug. 11, 2020, will NOT be counted.
Voters may check their registration status, register online and request an absentee ballot by mail at https://myvote.wi.gov. Voters who cannot find themselves on https://myvote.wi.gov should call their municipal clerk’s office or call the Wisconsin Elections Commission at 866-VOTE-WIS (866-868-3947) or 608-261-8005.
If you plan to vote on Election Day, note that many municipalities have changed or consolidated polling places. You can look up yours at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/1009/Where-to-Vote.