Absentee ballot application bins were assembled for 13 Chippewa Valley libraries and six apartment complexes in Menomonie this month, according to League of Women Voters – Greater Chippewa Valley Voter Services co-chairperson, Jane Pedersen. These bins can be found at the libraries in Menomonie, Alma, Colfax, Boyceville, Chippewa Falls, Durand, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Elmwood, Mondovi, Pepin, Plum City, and Spring Valley. Bins will also be located at the Center for Independent Living, Hostford-Rich Apartments, Memorial Heights, Tantara Apartments, and Village at White Pine, all in Menomonie, for their clientele.
Each bin contains Absentee Ballot Applications and Frequently Asked Question informational sheets about absentee voting. Persons submitting an Absentee Ballot Application can request a stamped envelope from the librarian or apartment manager to mail the application to their municipal clerk. Each bin also has a limited number of voter registration applications available.
Librarians and apartment managers have agreed to make copies of photo IDs and help locate municipal clerks through www.myvote.wi.gov. The goal is for each applicant to complete an application, make a copy of their photo ID, place both in a stamped envelope, and place it in the mail in a short amount of time. The FAQ sheet is for their personal use to understand the process, such as when to expect their ballot, ballot witness information, etc.
“We want to stress that voters should be sure to fill out their ballot in the presence of a witness who then will sign the absentee ballot return envelope,” Pederson said. “We also want voters to know that they need to allow 3-5 days for their clerk to mail them a ballot, and to allow 3-5 days to mail the completed ballot back to their clerk.” Request absentee ballots as soon as possible, and return completed ballots as soon as possible.