Rhinelander Installs Ballot Drop Box for November Election

Sep 16, 2020

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Voters will have a couple different options when it comes to casting their ballots this November.

You can vote in person at the polls or you can request an absentee ballot.

Voting at the polls will be fairly straight forward and similar to previous years, just with more safety precautions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you request an absentee ballot you have different options on how you return it. You can mail it back.  You can go to your city clerk’s office and put it right in their hands.

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Rhinelander City Clerk Val foley said it’s one of a many cities offering a ballot drop box.

“We have the drop box for our voters who do not feel comfortable sending their ballots back via mail. They have the option of dropping them off in the box which we will be checking several times a day, getting the ballots out,” said Foley.

The box is on the Pelham and King street side of city hall. Foley is still waiting on signage for it.

It’s important to note you can only return a ballot to a drop box of the city or township you live in.

Foley said close to 1,500 people in the City of Rhinelander have requested absentee ballots. On a normal election, before COVID-19, Rhinelander would get between 250 and 300 absentee ballot requests.

It’s a similar story across the state.

Meagan Wolfe is Wisconsin’s Chief Election Official.  She said Wisconsinites have requested more than 1,030,000 absentee ballots.

“We have had about over 100,000 new absentee ballot requests September 1st,” said Wolfe. “We have seen every day that number continues to grow in term of voters are choosing that option and are making their requests for absentee ballots.”

There is still time to request an absentee ballot if you want one. Wolfe encourages people to do so quickly if that’s their choice.  She also says people should return them quickly if they’re mailing them back.

No matter how you vote, ballots need to be returned by 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd for them to be counted.

There are multiple townships and cities in Oneida County offering a ballot drop box.

The Oneida County Clerk is working on compiling that list Wednesday. WXPR will update this article when it’s available.