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Posted on: August 27, 2020

Election Update

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The City Clerk’s office has been dealing with many new changes in the administration of our elections this year due to COVID-19.  Beginning with our April Election, we took steps to keep our voters and poll workers in as safe an environment as possible.  We did this by purchasing plexi glass barriers for all of the work stations to keep a barrier between the voter and worker, supplied masks, hand sanitizer and surface cleaners for use in the polling place.  Social distancing was in place and monitored by staff.   One big change in April was the number of voters who decided to vote absentee, which kept our in person voter number down.  The same safety measures were in place for our August Primary Election, and absentee voting continued to rise.  We increased the number of machines available to process the absentee ballots, which was a huge benefit in time management on Election Day.  For our August Primary, still stretched very thin for poll workers available to work, we were very fortunate to have 10 National Guardsmen deployed to our city to assist at the polls.  We utilized them in helping with the very detailed and labor intensive process of counting the absentee ballots in our Central Count, and their assistance allowed us to process all of the ballots in a timely matter and the close of the polling places went very smoothly.  We are very thankful for their willing assistance on that day!!

Looking to November, there are some things that you should be aware of when planning your voting:

  • If you requested a ballot in April, and requested for the calendar year, you will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for November.  If that was not your intention, you can change that by contacting the City Clerk’s office.  If a ballot was issue to you, you should not go to the polls.
  • When you receive your ballot, be sure to read all the instructions on the ballot and enclosed with the ballot.  Failure to follow the proper requirements could cause your vote to not be counted.
  • You can check that you are registered at your current address by going to MyVote.wi.gov.  If you are registered at your current address, there is no need to re-register.
  • Many special interest groups are sending our mailings with registration forms or requests for ballots that appear to have been sent by the Clerk’s office.  They aren’t from us, please disregard these.  If you believe that you are registered or already requested a ballot, you can check the status of both by going to MyVote.wi.gov. 
  • There is a lot of information in the media regarding mail delivery of ballots not being timely.  Mail your ballot early, allow 5-7 days for it to get to us.  There is pre-paid postage on the envelope. The City of South Milwaukee has not experienced the types of situations that are being discussed in the media. If you feel there isn’t sufficient time to mail your ballot, you can bring it to the Clerk’s Office or there is a drop box in the front of the building if it’s after hours.

We have all experienced unprecedented elections this year.  The City of South Milwaukee’s staff, especially those in the City Clerk’s office and those from other departments that spend long hours assisting on Election Day, and all of our poll workers, whether they are at the polling place or central count, have gone above and beyond to ensure that all involved in the voting process have a safe experience.  Since this is a situation that no one could have predicted, we have been fortunate to have community members that have expressed gratitude for our hard work and efforts and support for what we have accomplished.   Our employees appreciate your comments and thank you.

By November 3rd, we could be in an entirely different scenario, and rest assured, we will do all that we can to make your voting experience, however you choose to vote, as smooth and stress free as possible.

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