Almost 3000 people have already cast their ballot via absentee or early in-person options in Marinette, but as many as another 2000 could be waiting until Election Day next Tuesday to vote. Although they’re seeing record absentee and early voting levels amidst the pandemic, Marinette City Clerk Lana Bero is still advising residents to prepare for potentially long wait times and reminding them to adhere to additional safety precautions in place at the polls.

The State of Wisconsin has not extended the deadline for mailing absentee ballots, which means they need to be returned to the Clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Additionally, Bero says those who still need to register to vote only have until 5 p.m. today to do so ahead of the election, though they can still register to vote at the polls next Tuesday, so long as they have proof of residency and a photo ID in hand.

The Marinette City Clerk’s Office is open today for early in-person voting until 5 p.m. and again for special early voting hours tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.