Here's some helpful information on when, where & how to vote.
First and foremost, thank you for making a plan to vote in the April 5 General Election.
I am a candidate running for three open seats on the Green Bay Area Public Schools Board of Education. This means you can select two out of the four candidates listed on the ballot and the top two vote earners will fill the open seats. While I certainly hope to earn one of your votes, please do not fail to vote for two candidates. Your vote is your voice and I encourage you to fully exercise it.
Whether you prefer to vote in person or via absentee ballot, here is some helpful information so that you and your adult family members can cast your vote(s) in whatever manner is safest and most convenient for you.
STEP 1: REGISTER TO VOTE.
You cannot cast your ballot unless you are registered to vote. In order to register to vote in Wisconsin, you must be:
a United States citizen,
Age 18 or older by Election Day,
a resident of Wisconsin for at least 28 consecutive days prior to the election, and
finished serving your sentence, including probation/parole, if convicted of a felony.
When registering to vote, you have three options.
Register online or by mail: Up until 20 days prior to the election, you can register online or by mail. For the purposes of the April 5 Spring General Election, the cutoff date for online or mail-in voter registration is March 16. You can register online at myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote. If you wish to register via mail, you must return your voter registration form to your municipal clerk's office by 5 p.m. on March 16.
Register in person at your municipal clerk's office: You may register to vote in person at your municipal clerk's office until 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election. For the purposes of the April 5 Spring General Election, the cutoff date for registering in person at your clerk's office is April 1. You can find your municipal clerk's office at myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk. You can save time by completing your voter registration form in advance.
Register at your polling place on Election Day: You can always register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. You can find your polling place at myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace.
Regardless of how you choose to register, you must provide a proof of residence document. Find a list of accepted proof of residence documents at myvote.wi.gov/en-us/ProofofResidence.
If you're already registered to vote, I recommend you double-check your registration at myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote - just to make sure!
STEP 2: EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT VOTING, ISSUES, AND CANDIDATES.
If you wish to learn more about issues, there are a number of non-partisan sources including:
If you wish to learn more about candidates, I suggest keeping an eye on local media as well as following the social media accounts of candidates and organizations that focus on issues important to you. It is also helpful to attend some of the candidate forums held by many local organizations during the election cycle. I will also share as many as possible on this website and on my Facebook page.
If you want to learn more about voting or keep apprised of last-minute additions or changes to the voting process, I suggest you follow Coalition of Voting Organizations of Brown County, our local non-partisan voter advocacy organization.
STEP 3: VOTE!
When voting, you have three options.
Vote by absentee ballot: You have the right to request an absentee ballot sent directly to your home or other specified address, and you do not have to provide a reason for doing so. For the purposes of the April 5 General Election, you can request your absentee ballot until 5 p.m. on March 31 via mail, email, fax or at myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee. However, I encourage you to request your absentee ballot as soon as possible to ensure that you have enough time to return it. Many municipalities offer ballot drop boxes. You can return your ballot to your municipality's drop box until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Vote early in person at your municipal clerk's office: Many local municipalities offer early voting in the two weeks prior to Election Day. We will share that information on Facebook as it becomes available.
Vote in person on Election Day: All eligible voters can vote in person between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find your polling place at myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace.