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Posted on: March 16, 2022

“ABSENTEE BALLOT NOTICE” DO NOT place absentee ballots in our drop box.

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Ways to return your absentee ballot:

  • Mail your ballot
  • Return your ballot in person to the City Clerk’s office, Room 102, 8 AM-5 PM weekdays, or until 7 PM on Election Day
  • Deliver your ballot to your polling location on Election Day, between the hours of 7 AM and 8 PM

 

This is a new change resulting from a court case due to interpretation of the law that our drop box may not be used for absentee ballots because it is not located inside/staffed by the Clerk’s office. (Court case information is provided below.)

 

We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to reach out to your state senator and state representative if you have opinions on this matter.

 

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Per a Declaratory Judgment entered in Waukesha County Circuit Court Case Teigen v. Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) on January 20, 2022:

 

  1. An elector must personally mail or deliver his or her own absentee ballot, except where the law explicitly authorizes an agent to act on an elector’s behalf.
  2. The only lawful methods for casting an absentee ballot pursuant to Wis. Stat. §6.87(4)(b)1 are for the elector to place the envelope containing the ballot in the mail or for the elector to deliver the ballot in person to the municipal clerk.
  3. The use of drop boxes is not permitted under Wisconsin law unless the drop box is staffed by the clerk and located at the office of the clerk or a properly designated alternate site under Wis. Stat. § 6.855.

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