VOTERS ENCOURAGED TO VOTE ABSENTEE – VOTER REGISTRATION PERIOD EXTENDED TO MARCH 30th.

Voters Encouraged to Vote Absentee for April 7 Election

VILLAGE OF TREMPEALEAU, WI – Because of COVID-19, voters in the Village of Trempealeau are strongly urged to act now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.

The April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary is occurring as scheduled.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission strongly recommends that anyone planning to vote should request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them as soon as possible.

  • You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. 
  • The deadline to register by mail to vote has passed.
  • The deadline to register online to vote has been extended by federal court order until March 30. 
  • Voters who need to register may also do so in person at their municipal clerk’s office until the Friday before the election and on Election Day at the polling place.
  • Voters should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible for April 7. The deadline is April 2, but do not wait!
  • Request your absentee ballot online at https://myvote.wi.gov

Requests for Absentee ballots by mail deadline is April 2nd, 2020. In-person Absentee Voting is available by appointment in the Clerk’s office only Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 4:30pm through April 3rd, 2020. Call 608-534-6434 and leave a message if no answer. Someone will call you back to schedule an appointment.

Polls will be open in the Village of Trempealeau for those who need them on Election Day, but most voters should vote absentee for this election. For that to happen, you should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible.

Online Registration Available Until March 30, 2020

Need to Change your address, name, or are a you a new Wisconsin Voter?  You can register to vote online now through March 30 for the April 7 election.  Click here to register to vote.  To register to vote online, you will need a current WI driver license or WI state ID card, otherwise, you will need to mail in your form.  Need to update your address with DMV?  You can update your DMV address here and then come back to MyVote to register to vote.

Once you have registered, you can request an absentee ballot by mail, click here to request your absentee ballot.

Because of this extended deadline, if you plan to go to in-person to vote, either during in-person absentee or on Election Day, please don’t register online, you can register in-person when you get your ballot.

SPECIAL NOTICE WITH RESPECT TO ONLINE REGISTRATION AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR APRIL 7, 2020, ELECTION ONLY  DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

By order of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, online registration to vote is extended until March 30, 2020, for the April 7, 2020 Spring Election and Presidential Primary ONLY.  This order is notwithstanding ANY contrary Wisconsin Statute, notice on this website, other State websites or other writing or postings.

The primary purpose of this extension is to facilitate voting by absentee ballots for those who may no longer wish to or who are unable to vote in person during the absentee voting period on or before Friday, April 3, 2020, or at their polling place on Election Day, April 7, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you are not currently registered to vote in the State of Wisconsin, you may register through the MyVote Wisconsin website.  Registering online requires that you already have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin state ID card. The address, name, date of birth, and driver license number you are using to register to vote must match the information that DMV has on file for you. If you need to update your address with DMV, you can do so online.

To obtain an absentee ballot, you will not only have to complete the online registration process if you are not already registered, but you will also need to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you.  This may be done either through the MyVote Wisconsin website or through a separate written request submitted to your municipal clerk.

When requesting an absentee ballot through MyVote, if you have not previously submitted a copy of your photo ID, you will need to submit a copy of your photo ID electronically through the MyVote site.  Photo ID must also be submitted by a first-time absentee voter if the request is made by other written means.  The photo ID may be a Wisconsin driver license or State ID card, a U.S. passport or certificate of naturalization, a military ID or veterans identification card, or a student ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college which is accompanied by proof of enrollment.

How to Request an Absentee Ballot

There are several ways registered voters can request absentee ballots. If they have internet access, the easiest way is to sign up at MyVote Wisconsin, https://myvote.wi.gov.

Just look for the “Vote Absentee” button near the top of the page. On a mobile phone, use the menu button in the upper right corner of the website. There is a three-step process that starts with putting in your name and date of birth, followed by requesting your ballot. If you don’t already have a photo ID on file with your clerk’s office, you can upload a copy. Mobile phone users can take a picture and upload it to MyVote. Absentee ballot requests submitted this way go directly to your clerk’s office, and you can track your ballot by returning to the website.

Voters can also request absentee ballots by mailing, emailing or faxing their municipal clerk’s office. You can find your clerk’s contact information on MyVote Wisconsin. These requests must be accompanied by a copy of your photo ID.   If you already have a photo ID on file from previous absentee requests under your current registration, you will not need to provide it again.

Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they may have difficulty getting to the polls for reason of age, illness, infirmity, or disability are not required to provide a photo ID.  Voters in care facilities can have a representative of the facility confirm the resident’s identity instead of providing a photo ID.  More information on photo ID and exemptions can be found at bringit.wi.gov.

The deadline for registered voters to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is the Thursday before the election, April 2. However, voters are urged not to wait, due to possible delays in mail delivery.

Your absentee ballot must be received in your clerk’s office or at your polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED, you must do this before requesting an absentee ballot.

How to Register to Vote 

According to state law, mailed voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than the third Wednesday before the election. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. the same day.

Online voter registration is available at https://myvote.wi.gov. There are two ways you can register using the website:

  • People with a Wisconsin driver license or state ID card whose address is current with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can complete their online registration immediately. People who need to update their address with DOT can accomplish that online and complete their online registration.
  • People without a Wisconsin driver license or state ID card can fill out the voter registration form online, then print it, sign it and mail it to their municipal clerk’s office along with a proof-of residence document. The website has detailed instructions. If you do not have a printer where you are, you can save the completed form as a PDF and make arrangements to have a family member or a friend with a printer, or a copy center, to print it for you.

Voter registration forms that can be printed and filled out by hand are also available here in English: https://elections.wi.gov/forms/el-131-fillable

Voter registration forms that can be printed and filled out by hand are also available here in Spanish: https://elections.wi.gov/forms/el-131-spanish

Blank voter registration forms are also available at the clerk’s office, 24455 Third St., Trempealeau WI 54661 during these hours: Monday through Friday – 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Remember, the deadline to register online or by mail is Wednesday, March 18.

Voters who miss the deadline may also register in the municipal clerk’s office until the Friday before the election, April 3 or at the polls on election day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  KATHY PETERSON (608) 534-6434 ext. 103   [email protected]