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Wisconsin will host the spring election 2020 on April 7. However, the COVID 19-virus has caused the state to implement more regulations within Wisconsin. 

You may be wondering if the election is still taking place and the answer is yes. Voting is an essential civic duty that Americans can take part in. For more information about the election and voting in Wisconsin, continue reading below. 

Register to Vote in Spring Election 2020

Let’s jump straight into it, are you registered to vote? If you answered no, then be sure to visit MyVote.WI to become a Wisconsin registered voter. 

Eligible Wisconsin voters for the Spring Election 2020 can become a voter online and paper-free. Those who wish to become a Wisconsin voter will need a Wisconsin Drivers License or a Wisconsin State ID Card. If the information provided on these documents online matches the information at the Wisconsin DMV, then there will be no need for mailing or visiting a DMV to register.

Note that this process should be done sooner than later to find out if any further steps will be required. It is also important to complete registration as soon as possible due to the ongoing and continually changing state of the COVID 19. 

What additional steps could there be? 

If the information you entered does not match the Wisconsin DMV files, then the website will help you start the process to become a voter. But will not complete it. The next step will be to print and sign the registration forms. After signing the forms, they must be mailed in or delivered to your specific municipal clerk. Along with mailing or delivering of this document, you must also include a proof of residence document

Is it possible to register at the polls for the Spring Election 2020? 

Yes, you may register to vote at the polls. Those who wish to do so must bring a proof of residence document along with them to the polls. If you decide to vote at the polls during the pandemic, some things that you should do are: bring your black pen, wash your hands before/after, and go early to avoid larger crowds. 

Those are just a few helpful tips to keep in mind when voting this spring. In Wisconsin, you can always register to vote at the polls. But with the recent concerns of the COVID 19 outbreak, we are learning that acting earlier is better than later. 

What is this election for and who is on my ballot? 

The election taking place on April 7 is a statewide election. Voting will be for the presidential primary and Spring Election. Depending on where you live changes who is on the ballot. 

For Eastern Racine County Residents, there is a referendum with the potential to take place. This will be something to look for on the ballot as well and something to vote on come April 7.

Voting Absentee 

Absentee voting is a way to vote in the election without having to attend the official polling place. 

Who can vote absentee in Spring Election 2020? 

All registered Wisconsin voters can vote via absentee. During the unpredictable pandemic, this is a great way to ensure that your vote will count this spring. There are methods in place to make sure that you can vote even if you are unable to make it to the polling place. 

Absentee voting is a great choice for everyone, but specifically the elderly, those with disabilities, those with compromised immune systems, and anyone who is at higher risk of being affected by the COVID 19 virus. Additionally, this may be a solution to voting for those who work in the healthcare industry who may be working extended hours or who have been exposed to illness.

How do I vote absentee and when is the deadline? 

To vote absentee, click this link to MyVoteWI. the website will guide you through the steps to request an absentee ballot and then view the request. 

The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is March 18 at 11:59 pm. Additionally, those who select mailing their ballot in will be accepted, as long as the mail is postmarked by March 18. Voters who can match their name, date of birth, Wisconsin Driver License or State ID number, and address with the Wisconsin DMV can register to vote online through March 18.

It is highly recommended that you vote absentee because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is important that voting takes place this spring. The polls will be open on April 7 for those who need it, but it is highly recommended that alternative voting options take place. 

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.