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Posted on: November 22, 2019

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On April 2, a Federal Court order is extending the deadline to absentee vote by mail to April 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Judge William Conley of the Western District of Wisconsin federal court has issued an order related to absentee ballots for next week’s Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.  The Court ordered the following:

1)    The deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots is extended to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020.  The Court specifically did not add a requirement for a postmarked-by deadline as long as the ballot is returned by the new deadline.

2)    The deadline for receipt of absentee ballot requests by mail, fax or email (and if deemed administratively feasible in the sole discretion of the WEC Administrator, online) is extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.  

3)    A witness signature on the absentee ballot certificate envelope is not required if the absentee voter provides a written affirmation or other statement that they were unable to safely obtain a witness certification despite reasonable attempts to do so, provided the ballot is otherwise valid.

Judge Conley’s decision was issued in a set of three federal lawsuits which were consolidated and which requested various remedies related to the Spring Election.  The decision did not grant other requests such as postponing the election date or suspending and photo ID requirements for mail-in absentee voters. 


Wards 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 will vote at W.I.T.C. on Election Day and Wards 7,8,9,10, and 11 will vote at the Bretting Center in Ashland. Curbside voting will be available at both polling locations and all precautions will be practiced on Election Day. Please be patient as we work through this together. 

Please be advised that our Clerks are working hard to ensure the safest possible environment at the polling places using recommended practices for hygiene and social distance. The public should expect longer than normal waiting times. Please be kind to the poll workers who are doing their best to preserve our election.

More information can be found at MyVote online. 

If you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding Elections, please feel free to contact the City Clerk at 715-682-7071.

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