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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Elections 2020: 7th Circuit Court of Appeal Rulings

On June 29, 2020, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in the One Wisconsin Institute case that had been on appeal since 2016. The ruling had important impacts on absentee voting and voter residency requirements.

In-Person Absentee Voting

The Court determined that limitations on days, hours and locations for in-person absentee voting contained in the current statute are permissible under the law and that the requirements established\ by 2017 Wisconsin Act 369 are constitutional and enforceable.

In-person absentee voting may be conducted beginning no earlier than 14 days prior to each election and ending no later than the Sunday prior to election day. No in-person absentee voting is allowed on the Monday prior to election day. Wis. Stat. § 6.86(1)(b). For the August 11, 2020 Primary, in-person absentee voting will begin on Tuesday, July 28.

Early In-Person Absentee Voting for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary

City of Stevens Point residents who wish to vote early in the Partisan Primary may vote in-person. The dates and times for in-person absentee voting are as follows:

City Hall – Clerk’s Office, 1515 Strongs Avenue

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 28 - August 5

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday, August 6 - 7

Stevens Point Community Room, 933 Michigan Avenue

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, August 3 – 7

Remember to bring proper photo identification for voting, and wear a face mask when entering City buildings.

If there are any concerns about in-person voting, electors are encouraged to request an absentee ballot through www.Myvote.wi.gov. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, and August 7 by 5:00 p.m. for indefinitely confined and military electors. However, the Clerk’s office does not recommend delaying your request; sooner is better in this case. The completed ballot, sealed in the signed and witnessed envelope, must be received by Election Day, Tuesday, August 11, in order for it to be counted.

Residents who have moved or changed their name are required to re-register before they will be allowed to vote. This can be done easily on the Myvote.wi.gov website or at the Clerk’s office.

Voter Residency

The Court determined that the State’s 28-day residency requirement for voter registration was constitutional. Voters must have resided at their current address for 28 days prior to election day in order to register at that address. Voters who do not meet the 28-day requirement at their new address are eligible to participate at their former address. Wis. Stat. § 6.02(1) and (2).

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