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Clerks ready for spring election


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Wisconsin is gearing up for another election. County and Municipal Clerks are ready, too. The April ballots are already at municipal clerk’s offices for absentee voting.

There’s two ways to vote absentee. Clerks can mail the ballot to you if you request it by March 28th. The other way is to show up at the clerk’s office during open hours and cast your votes early.

Wausau City Clerk Toni Rayala is expecting about a 30% turnout, with few races carrying widespread public interest. There are some school board races and county offices up for grabs, but the only statewide races of interest are for Supreme Court Judge and Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Rayala is expecting a low voter turnout, but they do have quite a few absentee ballot requests.  "We have approximately 1,000 people in the City of Wausau that are going to be receiving their absentee ballots for this next election, which will probably account for about a third of all of the people that are going to vote.”

Rayala says nothing is different from the last election, so you should expect no surprises when voting in April.  "There hasn't been any changes with the laws.  No I.D. is in effect at this point.  There hasn't been any legislative changes since the last election.”

The law requiring voter ID is still tied up in the courts, and you do not need to present an ID to vote at this time. Rayala says several people have sent in their identification documents when requesting an absentee ballot... and that’s OK.  "We are keeping those on file just in case it does get reversed (in the courts).  Then we do have something documented for those people that have turned it in already.”

Rayala says you should always check with your local municipal clerk to find out when their office is open for voting, as many townships and small cities have part-time clerk hours.