If the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 national emergency and the advice to avoid crowds has you wondering if you should vote in person on April 7, voting via absentee ballot is a great option.

According to information posted on the Green Lake County government website, any registered voter who is “unable or unwilling: to appear at the polling place on Election Day” may submit a request to vote by absentee ballot. 

Voters who fit this criteria should contact their municipal clerk to request an absentee ballot to be sent to them. You can “make application” for an absentee ballot to your municipal clerk for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, by fax, by email, or at MyVote.wi.gov.

Here is a document developed by the county that provides detailed information on the voting by absentee ballot process

Note that it is critical that you contact the clerk in your municipality if you are requesting an absentee ballot. Your ballot, which is specific to your municipality, is only available from your clerk. 

Also note the contact information, address, office hours, etc., varies by municipality. For example, if you vote in the Town of Princeton, and what to contact Jill Bartol, the clerk, you must make an appointment with her to request an absentee ballot. If you vote in the City of Green Lake, Barbara Dugenske, the clerk, is available during office hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A complete listing of all the municipalities in Green Lake County and the appropriate clerk, plus contact information and hours is available here,

If you have an absentee ballot and wish to early vote, you can do so starting March 16 in the appropriate clerk’s office. The last day to vote an absentee ballot is Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m.

You can also request an absentee ballot be sent you by going to MyVote.wi.gov. Be aware that we have reports of some people requesting absentee ballots online who did not then receive the ballot, so the most accurate way to vote via an absentee ballot, is to physically obtain one from your clerk.

If you have any questions or concerns, your clerk is the best source of information.

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