Absentee voting begins today
Individuals who wish to vote early in the spring Primary Election may vote in-person starting Monday, Feb. 1. Voters are reminded to bring proper photo identification as the new voter ID laws are now in effect.
Voters have two options for voting absentee.
“The first option is to vote at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 1515 Strongs Ave., through Friday, Feb. 12,” said John Moe, city clerk. “The second option is to submit a written request/application to receive an absentee ballot through the mail.”
Hours for voting at the clerk’s office are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 through Feb. 10, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 12.
Requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. The completed ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 16, in order for it to be counted.
Some examples of acceptable Photo IDs include a Wisconsin Driver License, Wisconsin State ID, Wisconsin Driver or State ID receipt, U.S. Passport or Card, a U.S. Uniformed Services ID, Tribal ID, Certificate of Naturalization or University or College ID that is voter ID compliant.
Questions regarding whether specific university or college IDs meet voter ID compliance should be directed to that university or college.
For additional information on which documents can be used as photo identification, visit the website bringit.wisconsin.gov/ or contact the clerk’s office at 715-346-1569.
Moe said residents who have either moved or changed their name that they will need to re-register before they will be allowed to vote. Applications for absentee ballots and voter registration are available at the Clerk’s Office and on the City’s website at www.stevenspoint.com.
Note there are exceptions for military voters and indefinitely confined electors. Residents may contact the clerk’s office for more information.