LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The General Election is 50 days away. Late today the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a request by the Green Party Presidential Candidate to be added to the state’s November ballot.
The ruling clears the way for local clerks to resume mailing absentee ballots. If you still need to register to vote, you have just 30 days left to do that by mail or online. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray shares more on how to get registered to vote ahead of Election Day.
Carrie Riepl, Eau Claire City Clerk said, “It’s important that you register ahead of time because it will help you go through the process at the polls on Election Day faster.”
Riepl says you need to be registered to vote under your legal name at your current address.
“So, if you have moved or changed your name since you registered last you will need to come in and register,” said Riepl.
To register, you can go to elections.wi.gov to print a form. Then simply mail that form in along with your proof of residence.
Registration volunteer Ann Heywood says it is important to register as early as you can to avoid errors on Election Day.
Heywood said, “If you send it in early, and if the clerks have time, they will give you a heads-up if there is anything wrong.”
Heywood says the Eau Claire County Democratic Party has not been canvassing to help keep its staff and the community safe. However, the party is offering assistance at its resource center on Fifth and Broadway.
Heywood said, “It’s an easy enough thing to go through with them if they want to bring their own pad or telephone they can. They don’t have to touch any of our equipment but if they don’t have it, they can use our equipment.”
Treasurer of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Brian Westrate said, “There are still significant portions of our society that don’t have a virtual life, that don’t live their lives on devices.”
At the Eau Claire County Republican Party, Brian Westrate says voter registration is using an “all of the above approach.”
Westrate said, “We are still going door-to-door using PPE, using social distancing. You know we back away from the door if somebody answers it and we make sure we don’t do anything that a voter may be uncomfortable with but we want to make sure we’re not leaving any voters behind.”
Once you fill out the voter registration form, you can go online to find your polling place.
After October 14, if you still need to register, you can go to your local clerk’s office and register in person up until the Friday before Election Day.