La Crosse County clerks encourage absentee ballots for COVID-19 safety

Voters can request ballots until 5 p.m. April 2
Absentee Voting Underway

LACROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer and municipal clerks throughout the counter are urging voters to cast absentee ballots in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Contrary to misinformation distributed this week, voters can request absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2.

“We ask that you do not wait that long as the mail does take time and your ballot MUST be returned to the clerk no later than 8 p.m. on election day,” according to a news release Friday from Dankmeyer and the local clerks. “We ask that you request your absentee ballot by mail now.”

In-person absentee voting starts on Monday, March 23, for most municipalities in La Crosse County, based upon hours individual clerks set for doing so.

“We are trying to avoid as much in-person contact and abide by the 6-foot social distancing guidelines,” the clerks’ message says. “This guideline is hard to maintain with in person absentee voting and on election day.”

Registered voters can request mail ballots online at the state’s website. The clerks hope to limit most in-person absentee voting to people who need to register to vote.

Many voters are new to absentee voting, so they should make sure to follow the instructions included with every absentee ballot to mark the ballot properly. Voters also should make sure to sign their absentee certificate envelopes, and have a witness sign it, too, along with his or her address.

This is extremely important to make sure their ballot is counted.

The full news release Absentee press release from the clerks includes times and dates the clerks’ offices are open.