Drive-thru and in-person absentee voting begins

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EAU CLAIRE/LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Like the April and August elections, the city of Eau Claire is using drive-thru early voting to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. This means voters can vote from the comfort of their cars.

City Clerk Carrie Riepl says lines are bigger than she expected but credits poll workers and volunteers for keeping things moving.

Riepl said, “We have a lot of great volunteers, poll workers, and city employees here making this happen. We have about 50 people at a time working to make sure we can get the voters through as quickly as possible.”

You won’t be able to drive-thru for voting in La Crosse, but you can vote in-person absentee starting today. Early voting is at City Hall from 8:30 am to 5 pm for the next two weeks Monday through Friday.

So far, city officials are averaging about 100 voters per hour, with no major wait times. If you’re registered, you only need to bring an approved photo ID. With the election taking place during the pandemic, extra precautions are in place, including handwashing and social distancing.

Teri Lehrke, La Crosse City Clerk, said, “Immediately when they enter the facility, there’s a hand sanitizer station and they receive a pen, which they use exclusively throughout the whole process.”

Those with mail-in absentee ballots need to send those by October 29 or drop them off in the green box outside city hall.

Mail-in ballots do require a witness signature and address as well.

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