Because of COVID-19, voters in Manitowoc County are strongly urged to act now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.
“Polling locations will be open for those who need them on Election Day, but most voters should vote absentee for this election,” said Manitowoc County Clerk Jessica Backus. “For that to happen, you should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible.”
There are several ways registered voters can request absentee ballots. If they have internet access, the easiest way is to sign up at MyVote Wisconsin, https://myvote.wi.gov.
Voters also can request absentee ballots by mailing, emailing or faxing their municipal clerk’s office. They can find their clerk’s contact information on MyVote Wisconsin. These requests must be accompanied by a copy of their photo ID. If people already have a photo ID on file from previous absentee requests under their current registration, they will not need to provide it again.
The County Clerk’s office is assisting registered voters with accessing MyVote, providing paper applications and copies of photo IDs, or providing a voters’ municipal clerk’s contact information. If someone needs assistance with absentee voting, they may contact (920) 683-4004.
The deadline for registered voters to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them is the Thursday before the election, April 2; however, Manitowoc County Clerk Jessica Backus urges voters not to wait because of possible delays in mail delivery. If they get an absentee ballot mailed to them, they can still decide to vote at the polls on Election Day if they have not returned it.
Absentee ballots must be received in the clerk’s office or at the polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Again, Backus urges voters to request and return ballots as soon as possible.