Municipal clerks expect large turnout
By John Faucher
With less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, local clerks are reminding residents of early voting opportunities and absentee voting deadlines.
New London early voting
New London City Clerk Sue Tennie has been busy training poll workers in preparation for the Nov. 8 election.
“We are expecting a big turnout,” said Tennie.
She has also been accepting a higher number of requests for absentee ballots as well as taking care of folks who wish to vote early in-person.
Tennie processed 307 absentee ballots and or early vote requests as of Tuesday, Oct. 25.
“That’s more than we usually see, said Tennie. “It’s been busy and there are still two weeks left before the election.”
In the 2012 presidential election, 3,146 New London residents voted, or 77 percent of the total 3,676 registered voters. Tennie said that same year there were 405 new registers at the polls. She encouraged folks to check their registration status at www.MyVote.wi.gov.
Tennie said in-person absentee voting in New London began on Sept. 26 and will continue at city hall through Friday, Nov. 4. In-person absentee voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Citizens may vote absentee in-person until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
A valid photo ID is required.
Information on the new Wisconsin photo ID law is available at www.BringIt.wi.gov.
Hortonville early voting
Village of Hortonville Clerk-Treasurer Lynne Mischker said in-person absentee voting began on Oct. 17, in Hortonville. Electors can vote absentee in-person at the village administration office on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The last day to vote in-person absentee is Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mischker said approximately 1,500 voters participated in the last two presidential elections.
“Each of those elections saw about 175 absentee ballots,” said Mischker. “As of Tuesday, Oct. 25, with two weeks to go, 107 have either requested or voted absentee ballots.”
Receiving ballots by mail
Persons in both Hortonville and New London requesting to receive absentee ballots by mail must submit a written request before the end of the day on Thursday, Nov. 3. Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Early voting in area townships
Town of Caledonia
In-person voting by appointment is available on Thursday, November 3 from 10-11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. at the town hall located at E9181 State Road 96, Readfield. Contact Deputy Clerk Natalie Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-667-4773.
Town of Dale
In-person absentee voting hours for the town of Dale are October 25, 27, Nov. 1 and 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. The clerk will also be available at the town hall on Oct. 26 from 4-6 p.m. and on Nov. 4 from 4-5 p.m. The town of Dale town hall is located at W9641 State Road 96. Contact Clerk Jennifer DeZeeuw at email@example.com or call 920-779-4609.
Town of Mukwa
In-person absentee voting in the Town of Mukwa is available by appointment on Monday thru Thursday or on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or on weekends by appointment. Contact Clerk Jeannette Zielinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 920-982-9890.
Town of Hortonia
In-person absentee voting request can be made by appointment at the clerk’s office. Residents can call 920-216-0932 to see availability. If an absentee ballot is requested by mail, it must be received at P.O. Box 301, W9702 Givens Rd. Hortonville, WI 54944-0301 with a written and signed request no later than the Thursday preceding an election.
Town of Lebanon
In-person absentee voting will be done by appointment Monday thru Friday during the specified hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Contact email@example.com or call 920-250-2947.
Town of Liberty
In-person absentee voting will be done by appointment Tuesdays, and Thursdays between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-427-0071.
Town of Maple Creek
In-person absentee voting will be done by appointment Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Clerk Larry Katerznyske at email@example.com or call 920-634-9429.
Town of Greenville
For special absentee voting request contact Greenville Town Clerk Wendy Helgeson at 920-757-5151 or mail to Town Clerk at W6860 Parkview Drive, Greenville WI 94942.