Spring Election: How to Vote Absentee — or Even by Drive-Through! [UPDATED]

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission is urging anyone who is concerned about the coronavirus pandemic to make plans now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.

Acting quickly by Wednesday, March 18 is especially important for anyone who needs to register to vote. If your name or address has changed since the last time you voted, you will need to register with your current information. A federal court ruling on March 20 extended the online voter registration deadline until Monday, March 30.  

Please check your registration status at www.MyVote.WI.gov by clicking on “My Voter Info.” If your information is not correct, you may register to vote online or by mail through Monday, March 30 Wednesday, March 18th. After that date you will need to register in-person at the Clerk’s Office in the municipality in which you reside or at the polls on Election Day.

Once registered, you may request an absentee ballot online at www.MyVote.WI.gov by clicking on “Vote Absentee.” Please note that if you have not received a ballot by mail in the past, you will need to upload a copy of your Photo ID. You may also request an absentee ballot by mailing or emailing your Municipal Clerk a request and a copy of your Photo ID. Absentee ballot requests need to be received by your Clerk’s Office by April 2. However, the ballots are mailed to you, so please get the request in as soon as possible in order to have time to receive the ballot and return it to your Clerk prior to Election Day.

More information may be found regarding registration, absentee voting and your Municipal Clerk at https://elections.wi.gov/node/6720 and www.MyVote.WI.gov.


In-Person Absentee Voting Drive-Through

The City of Eau Claire announced Tuesday, March 24, that it would be allowing in-person absentee voting via drive-through. According to a press release:

Voting is considered an essential government function. To safeguard this important process and safety and well-being of election workers and residents, the City of Eau Claire Elections Office has set up drive-thru absentee voting in the parking lot of City Hall at 203 S. Farwell St.  (Map) City of Eau Claire residents should enter the parking lot from Dewey Street only. There are a series of tents set up and staff who will guide voters through the process. Proper social distancing and cleaning guidelines will be strictly adhered to. Absentee Voting drive-thru is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through April 3, 2020.