November 3rd 2020 Presidential Elections- Absentee Ballots
There has been a lot of talk about absentee ballots in the news and also there have been some changes to election laws. Please read the below to be informed of these changes:
In order to follow CDC guidelines please register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot via the Internet. Below are directions how to access the state’s election website:
MyVote Wisconsin – https://myvote.wi.gov
- Just look for the “Vote Absentee” button near the top of the page. On a mobile phone, use the menu button in the upper right corner of the website.
- There is a three-step process that starts with putting in your name and date of birth, followed by requesting your ballot.
- If you don’t already have a photo ID on file with your clerk’s office, you can upload a copy. Mobile phone users can take a picture and upload it to MyVote.
- Absentee ballot requests submitted this way go directly to your clerk’s office, and you can track your ballot by returning to the website.
Voters may also request absentee ballots by mailing, emailing or faxing a request to the Town Office
- email: [email protected] fax: 715.476.2676
- These requests must be accompanied by a copy of your photo ID if this is your first absentee ballot request.
- You will receive your ballot from the office by mail. Military voters can also receive their ballot by email or fax but must return the ballot either at town hall or through the mail
I have my absentee ballot now what do I do?
- Read the directions on the ballot and follow the directions included with your ballot (a yellow piece of paper will be with your ballot)
- Once you vote place your ballot in the smaller envelope
- Make sure to sign and date the smaller envelope on the highlighted area
- Make sure to have a witness sign/date and write down their address on the envelope in the highlighted areas
How do I return my ballot?
- You can mail your ballot back– there is already postage affixed to the smaller envelope and it also has our address written on it.
- You can drop in the mail slot to the left of the Town of Mercer office door.
- Return the ballot on election day to the polling place, which is the Community Center, no later than 8PM.
How do I know the progress of my ballot?
- You can go the state’s website https://myvote.wi.gov to see if your ballot has been mailed, if it is in the hands of the post office or if it has been returned to the office
I don’t have a computer?? What do I do??
If you do not have access to a computer you can come into the office and vote in person but you need to set up an appointment to do so. Please call or email the clerk’s office to set up a time.
Absentee ballots will be started the be mailed out on September 17, 2020. We make every attempt to process all ballots within one working day after receipt of the request.
First and last day you can vote early in the office is October 20th through October 30 at 5PM. Remember to bring your ID and to call to set up a time to come in and vote.
Last day to request an absentee ballot is October 29th at 2PM but I would not wait until the last minute to ensure that your vote gets back to us by November 3rd.
Feel free to call 715.476.2403 or email us [email protected] and we will be happy to help you:)