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Save time at the polls

Superior Telegram

Voters don’t have to go to the polls to cast their ballot in Wisconsin.

Under Wisconsin law, voters don’t need a reason — such as being out of town on election day — to cast an absentee ballot in advance of the election.

That means if voters want to cast their ballot in the two weeks before the election at the City Clerk’s office — or while lounging in pajamas on a leisurely Sunday morning — Wisconsin law allows it.

The latter simply requires registered voters to submit an application and identification to have a ballot mailed to them three weeks before the election.

People can apply to have a ballot mailed for an election, a year or on a more permanent basis if they have difficulty getting to the polls. The applications can be mailed to the clerk’s office, or emailed to Ballots must be postmarked no later than election day and received by 4 p.m. Friday immediately following the election to be counted.

People can get more information on their voting status and get forms and instructions to update their voter registration if needed at

City Clerk Terri Kalan recommends updating that information before the election or advance registration to save voters time at the polls.

"We’re still processing those from the April 5 election," Kalan said. She said they had over 2,500 changes and new registrations, which really slowed things down on election day.