[MADISON, Wis.] - To ensure equitable and safe access to the voting process for as many voters as possible, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) is excited to participate in Vote Early Day, a movement of non-profit organizations, businesses, election administrators and creatives dedicated to a safe and secure election.
“COVID-19 has changed how we participate in our democracy, and many voters are choosing to cast their ballots early - either by voting absentee or early voting,” said Eileen Newcomer, LWVWI voter education manager. “The League wants to make sure all voters know their voting options, and we are excited to join the Vote Early Day movement to ensure Wisconsin voters feel safe and confident, however they choose to vote.”
Voting early - by mail or at an early voting site - is an essential way to decrease crowding at polling places on Election Day, November 3. Voting early also gives voters flexibility to vote when it is most convenient for them.
Given the current proximity to Election Day, LWVWI encourages those who have not returned their absentee ballots yet to do so to a dropbox in their community, or by voting early. Early voting opportunities vary by municipality and voters are able to find information on dropboxes and early voting times and locations at VOTE411.org/ballot.
To ensure absentee ballots are returned on time, voters can track their ballot at myvote.wi.gov/TrackMyBallot.
For voters choosing to vote in person, either early or on Election Day, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Practice social distancing
- Wear a mask
- Use curbside voting when available
- Bring your own black pen
- Avoid “peak” hours at the polls, such as 7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30m p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
More information on Vote Early Day can be found at www.voteearlyday.org.
Any questions or comments can be directed to Morgan Grunow, communications manager, at mgrunow [at] lwvwi.org.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization that advocates for informed and active participation in government. There are 20 local Leagues in Wisconsin. More information at lwvwi.org.