As the number of requests for absentee ballots by mail has declined after Monday of this week, a number of you may be concerned whether you will be able to return a late-arriving ballot you have or will receive by mail. Although I cannot release a ballot from our office by any means other than by mail, email, or fax, the law does not restrict a ballot’s return to mail only. Each mailed ballot has return postage for your convenience, but you may want to consider returning the ballot sealed inside the security envelope (signed by the voter and witness, dated, with witness address) any time during the day or night including this weekend to meet the deadline on our before 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Ballots received via mail after Tuesday April 7th will not be counted. There is a secure drop box to your right as you enter the first set of doors at our Town Hall: 7669 CTH PD in Verona. There is an automatic door opener to avoid touching door handles. Although I wipe down the drop box slot after its use during regular business hours, I obviously cannot do so outside of regular business hours. You may want to open that security slot door with a glove, a facial tissue, a paper towel, or anything that will provide you a safe barrier.
If you have not requested a ballot be mailed to you (the deadline is this Thursday, April 2, 2020), another option is to stop in and vote in-person absentee. You will need to bring in a Wisconsin photo ID or a suitable substitute like a U.S. Passport to receive a ballot. You can do so until 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2020, or between 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020. The office will be closed to the public on Monday, April 6, 2020 to prepare for the election; you are still free to leave ballots in the drop box in the vestibule. At this time, the election is scheduled as normal on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM so you can vote at that time if you so choose. Please be aware that you must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and anyone else. Couples should also maintain this same distance from each other when entering the building to protect our election workers. You will need to bring a photo ID to receive a ballot.
At this time, we strongly encourage residents to vote absentee by visiting our office during the hours mentioned above.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (608) 807-4466 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town of Verona Clerk/Treasurer