The 2020 Presidential Election is soon approaching. Please see below for important dates leading up to election day, information on absentee and early voting, safety precautions at the polls, and more.
Information on the Outagamie County Ballot Misprint situation can be found here.
Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm. The same poll locations will be used as in the past:
- Aldermanic Districts 1 & 2/Wards 1-5, 12 & 14 (see map here) – vote at the Municipal Services Building (MSB)
- Aldermanic Districts 3 & 4/Wards 6-11, 13 & 15 (see map here) – vote in the Community Room at the Streets, Parks, and Rec (SPAR) Building (207 Reaume Avenue)
October 14th is the last day to register to vote by mail or online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/. After October 14th, you must register to vote by visiting the Clerk’s office at the Municipal Services Building.
October 20th – Early Voting is Oct. 20 – 30 (Monday – Friday; 8:30 to 4:30). All early voting will take place at the Municipal Services Building. Please bring your photo ID.
October 27th – Practical deadline for voters to return their mail absentee ballots. The US Postal Service recommends allowing one week for your completed absentee ballot to be delivered to our Clerk’s office. After this date, voters should find other options for returning their absentee ballot, which include delivering it to the Clerk’s office or dropping it in the secure payment box in the MSB parking lot.
November 3rd – Election Day
There are several safe and secure ways to cast a vote in Wisconsin, including voting by absentee ballot. Voters can request an absentee ballot by mail and either mail in their completed ballot or drop it off at the Clerk’s office in-person before the election or on Election Day. Absentee ballots can also be dropped in the secure payment box in the parking lot of the MSB.
How to vote by absentee ballot this election (follow the steps below or click here for a detailed fact sheet):
- Make sure you’re registered to vote – https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote
- You’ll need to show proof of residence. Voters need to provide a proof of residence document when they register in person or by mail. Registering online? Your residence will be verified with DMV records.
- Request your absentee ballot – https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee
- You may need to upload a picture of your valid photo ID. Using a smartphone can help.
- Fill out your absentee ballot – Your absentee ballot is the same as the paper ballots voters use in Wisconsin polling places.
- Be sure to read the voter instructions sheet. Your vote must be witnessed by an adult U.S. citizen who isn’t an election candidate; your witness must sign the certificate envelope once it’s complete.
- Deliver your completed ballot – Absentee ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted, so act early.
- Mail it in with the preaddressed return certificate envelope. Postage has already been paid on these envelopes.
- Deliver your completed ballot to our Clerk’s office at the MSB prior to election day.
- Drop your completed ballot in our secure payment box in the MSB parking lot prior to election day.
To be counted, absentee ballots must be received by Election Day. The USPS suggests mailing your completed ballot at least one week before Election Day. For the November 3, 2020 General Election, that date would be October 27, 2020. After the election, voters can see that their vote was counted at myvote.wi.gov, once Wisconsin’s voter participation records have been published.
Early Voting will begin on Tuesday, October 20th and run through Friday, October 30th. All early voters should vote at the Municipal Services Building during regular business hours – Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Please bring your photo ID.
If you are not yet registered to vote, please also bring a proof of residency (bank statement, rental agreement, credit card statement, utility bill, etc).
Be assured, if you chose to vote in-person on election day (or during early voting), proper safety measures will be in place.
- Plexiglass stations/shields to protect poll workers and voters when registering.
- Hand sanitizer will be available. Please use when you enter the building and when you leave.
- Poll workers will wear a face covering.
- There will be tape on the floor to mark off 6-foot increments to keep voters separated. Please follow these for proper social distancing.
- Voting booths will be spread apart.
- Signage is in place to indicate need for separation.
Election security – From vetting each voter’s eligibility to using a powerful statewide database that helps ensure there’s only one ballot per voter, Wisconsin constantly works to protect the integrity of our local elections. Click here for a few ways WI makes absentee voting more accurate and secure.
Be sure to follow our social media for reminders, important dates, and other general election information leading up to November 3rd. If you have any further questions about the above information, please call our Clerk’s office at 920-766-6300.