Absentee Ballots Must Be In Drop Boxes by 7:30 Election Night
Don't wait on returning your absentee ballot.
If you intend to wait until the last minute to return your absentee ballot, know that the last minute is now a half-hour earlier.
“The interpretation of state law is that ballots must be at central count by 8:00 p.m.,” said Mayor Tom Barrett on Friday afternoon after dropping off his own ballot in a drop box outside the Washington Park Library.
The city will quit accepting ballots at each of its 15 drop boxes at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd, so election workers can secure the ballots and transport them to the processing facility.
The drop boxes, manufactured by Oregon-based Fort Know Mailboxes, feature a lockable door that will be closed.
What happens if you’re late? If it is before 8:00 p.m., voters can head to their polling place and wait to cast an in-person ballot. While polls close at 8:00 p.m., all voters in line before closing time can wait in line to cast a ballot.
If it’s after 8:00 p.m., by Wisconsin law, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, there is no legal path to cast a ballot.
Poll workers emptying the drop box outside Good Hope Library won’t want to dawdle, Google Maps estimates the drive time to downtown is 20 minutes.
Looking for a drop box? The city offers 15. One at each of its libraries as well as one outside the Milwaukee Election Commission warehouse, 1901 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and one on the west side of the Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway.
Details on in-person early voting are available in our article from October 20th.
At the time of publication the city reported having received 141,867 ballots via the mail, drop boxes and in-person early voting.
If you think stories like this are important, become a member of Urban Milwaukee and help support real, independent journalism. Plus you get some cool added benefits, all detailed here.
- Data Wonk: The Private Election Grants Didn’t Help Biden - Bruce Thompson - Jun 16th, 2021
- Murphy’s Law: How Vos Pushes The Big Lie - Bruce Murphy - Jun 1st, 2021
- Hesselbein Votes No to Republican Private Investigators - State Rep. Dianne Hesselbein - May 28th, 2021
- Robin Vos Wasting Taxpayer Resources To Investigate Non-Existent Voter Fraud - Democratic Party of Wisconsin - May 26th, 2021
- Elections Commission to Discuss Suspected Voter Fraud Reports for 2020 and 2021 Elections - Wisconsin Elections Commission - May 24th, 2021
- Murphy’s Law: The Vanishing Courage of Mike Gallagher - Bruce Murphy - May 11th, 2021
- Op Ed: Liz Cheney’s Profile In Courage - Dave Cieslewicz - May 9th, 2021
- Spindell Gets Second Term on Elections Commission - Henry Redman - Apr 30th, 2021
- A Tale of Two Elections - Melanie Conklin - Apr 26th, 2021
- Elections Commission Head Saw No Problems in Green Bay - Megan Hart - Mar 31st, 2021
Read more about 2020 General Election here