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Important registration and voting information regarding the November 3, 2020 General Election
Last week, you may have received a mailer from the Wisconsin Elections Commission outlining voting options for the November 3rd General Election. The Village would like to address the numerous questions that have been received as a result. The WEC communication and attached application are legitimate, the WEC has been assisting overwhelmed local clerks by processing the applications at their facility. Below you’ll find additional, helpful information for your consideration.
You can register in advance online at MyVote.wi.gov, by mailing completing and mailing an application to Grafton’s Village Hall, or by visiting Village Hall and completing a paper application in person. All three options will require you to include an acceptable Proof of Residence.
Deadline for registering online or by mail is October 14th.
You may register at the Clerk’s office until October 30th.
You may also register at the polls on Election Day, November 3rd.
Option 1 – Voting at the Polls –
Tuesday, November 3rd – 7am-8pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 715 6th Avenue
You must bring along an acceptable photo ID in order to vote at the polls.
Option 2 – In-Person Voting by Absentee Ballot –
In-Person Absentee Voting is located at the Grafton Village Hall, 860 Badger Circle. Dates and times of absentee voting are October 20th-23rd from 8am-4pm and October 26th-30th from 8am-4pm. You must bring along an acceptable photo ID in order to vote In-Person Absentee.
Option 3 – Voting Absentee Ballot by Mail –
This has become a very popular option, especially with COVID.
You may request an absentee ballot at any time on MyVote.wi.gov, by returning the application you received from the WEC, or by visiting Village Hall and completing a paper application. You must already be registered (see above for information on registering) and you must return the application with a copy of an acceptable photo ID. It is recommended to submit your absentee application at least 2 weeks prior to the election in order to have enough time to receive your ballot and return it by 8pm on Election Day.
Options for returning your Absentee Ballot –
Your ballot will include a postage-paid envelope that you can simply seal and return via USPS. We also have a drop box located in the Village Hall parking lot, 860 Badger Circle. The drop box is secure and emptied often by the Clerk’s Office staff. You may also return your ballot on Election Day to the drop box at the polling location Grace Lutheran Church, 715 6th Avenue.
Make sure that before you return your envelope, it is sealed, signed, and dated in the presence of a witness (anyone over the age of 18 who is eligible to vote). That witness also must sign and list their address on the envelope as well. Missing any of this required information will cause a delay in your ballot being accepted.
How safe is Absentee Voting by Mail? –
We have a great Post Office in Grafton. Our postal carriers are very diligent and work hard to make sure that every ballot is received. Each ballot has individual tracking barcodes on the envelopes. You may track you ballot at any time on MyVote.wi.gov. Once your ballot has been received by the Clerk’s Office, it is scanned in and locked up until Election Day, when they will be processed at the polls by Election Inspectors. The best advice is to allow yourself plenty of time to receive your ballot and return it in time. If MyVote.wi.gov states that your ballot has been sent to your address, about a week has passed and you have yet to receive it, please call the Clerk’s office to have that ballot cancelled and reissued. That cancelled ballot will not be able to be counted when a new ballot has been issued.
Do you still have questions? –
Many questions can be answered by visiting MyVote.wi.gov or the Clerk’s page of the village website https://www.village.grafton.wi.us/59/Voter-Information. If you still need help, please call us at 262-375-5300 x100.