Election Day 2020 by Phil Roeder via Flickr CC BY 2.0
Early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, began on Tuesday in Wisconsin’s midterm elections.
On the ballot are statewide races for governor, U.S. Senate and attorney general as well as local races for state legislative seats and sheriff’s offices.
State law requires that early voting begin no earlier than 14 days before the general election. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic made absentee voting much more popular, there were more than 650,000 early votes cast as more than 2 million people voted absentee.
This year absentee voting is much less popular with only 472,000 people requesting ballots so far. Absentee ballot requests can be made up until Nov. 3, though the U.S. Postal Service recommends that voters get their ballots in the mail by Nov. 4 so they arrive in time to be counted, by Election Day on Nov. 8.
Early voting runs through Nov. 6, hours and locations for early voting vary by municipality. Voters should check with their municipal clerk or look up early voting hours and locations on MyVote.WI.Gov
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