07/31/2020- Wisconsin’s August 11th primary election is a little more than a week away, but the deadline to request and return an absentee ballot is much sooner than that. Wisconsin and many other states are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people opting to vote early or absentee due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, especially in the 50 and older age group. Lisa Lamkins, the Federal Issues Advocacy Director for AARP-Wisconsin says voters should plan ahead so that they are not caught off guard and miss key deadlines to submit their ballots.

Voters must include a copy of their photo ID along with their absentee ballot request unless their municipal clerk already has one on file. Those individuals will also need to ensure their completed absentee ballot includes a witness signature before mailing it back out. Lamkins says this requirement can be done with minimal contact, as well.

Wisconsinites don’t need a reason to vote early or absentee. More information about these voting options and the link to request an absentee ballot can be found online at myvote.wi.gov.