It is not too late to request an absentee ballot by mail!!! Link: www.myvote.wi.gov
Due to COVID-19, we would highly recommend requesting a ballot by mail -- for your safety (and ours)! The deadline is 5:00 pm Thursday 10/29. If you are worried whether your ballot will be returned in time, skip U.S. Mail and use our drop box 24/7 (to the left of the front door). It is highly secure and convenient. Once received, your ballot will go into a locked cabinet until election day. And, YES, it will be counted!!! If you really must vote absentee in-person before the election, know that a mask is required and 6' social distancing will be enforced. Hours to vote in-office absentee or register to vote:
10/26 (Mon) 8 am-1 pm
10/28 (Wed) 3-6 pm
10/29 (Thurs) 8 am-1 pm
10/30 (Fri) 3-6 pm (extended from previous announcement)
ABSENTEE CONCERNS? Here are some reassurances:
- How do I know if my ballot was received by the clerk? You can track your ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov Once the clerk receives it, either in the drop box or by U.S. Mail, she enters that information into the system within 24 hours.
- We've heard that some ballots are going to be rejected on election day. Is that true? If there is a signature or address missing, the clerk will contact the voter IMMEDIATELY to get the error fixed. For reassurance, if your ballot is in good order, it will be marked in the myvote.wi.gov system. If all possible options to locate the voter have been exhausted and they have not fixed the error, the clerk will mark "insufficient" in the myvote system. If the voter is tracking their ballot, they will see that notation and contact the clerk immediately! If the error is not fixed by 8 pm on election day, than the ballot will be rejected. SO EVERYONE please follow the instructions carefully when completing your ballot!
- Can I change my mind and vote on election day? If you have returned your absentee ballot to the Clerk's office, you MAY NOT vote on election day.
- I made a mistake on my absentee ballot. What can I do? Call the Clerk's office and request a 2nd ballot be issued. The deadline for this is 5 pm on Thursday, October 29th. The first ballot will be marked "ineligible" and the 2nd ballot will be processed. If you realize the mistake on election day, unfortunately you cannot make any changes nor vote in person.
- Is it true the clerk can throw absentee ballots away? ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT! We clerks take our jobs very seriously and will do all we can to assure that your vote counts. If for any reasons there is an issue with your absentee ballot, we will do all we can to get it fixed before election day. If all attempts to fix have been exhausted and the absentee ballot envelope contains missing information, that ballot will be rejected at the polls and placed in a secure envelope and sent to the County Clerks office on election night. All absentee ballots must be accounted for!
- Can the Town open absentee envelopes before election day? Nope! State law requires all ballots be opened and counted on Election Day only! We have a team scheduled to process absentee ballots so, hopefully, all will be completed by the closing of the polls.
- Will there be lines on election day? We are doing all we can to streamline the sytem. However, with the social distancing rules, it will be difficult to move everyone through at once. Be prepared to wait in line outside during peak times. You know Wisconsin weather, dress in layers.
- It's 8:00 pm on Election Day and the myvote.wi.gov system doesn't show my ballot as counted. What gives... did my vote count? Please know that the clerk can only provide that information once the election is completed -- so after election day. We will enter every vote and every new registration form starting soon after the election. In our town, that will be over 2,000 names! So, give us a little time! The law requires us to complete that process within 30 days. We'll do our best to complete it as soon as possible! And, again, know that if you came in person or if your absentee ballot was marked as "received" that ballot counted!!!
ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO VOTE?* You may vote in the Town of Holland if:
- You are a United States citizen.
- You are 18 years or older on election day.
- You have lived in the Town for at least 28 days before this election.
- You are not currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probabtion or extended supervision for a felony conviction.
STATE LAW: Photo ID is required to vote. For voter ID information, see: http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/
November 3 General Election sample ballot
Wisconsin voters have a one-stop access to information about exercising their right to vote at: www.myvote.wi.gov
Register to Vote
Registering to vote allows you to participate in the electoral process and gives you the power to make a difference in deciding who will serve in an elected office. Registering to vote has never been easier or more convenient. You can register in person or you can download a registration form and register through the mail by following the instructions.
Forms & information available at: www.myvote.wi.gov or http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/
To register to vote, see instructions: Voter Registration
Note: State Law does not allow for voting or registration in the clerk’s office on the Monday the day before the election.
Absentee Ballot request (deadline 5:00 p.m. Thursday before the election)
- By mail: send a letter with your name, address and signature stating that you are requesting an absentee ballot for the election(s) [list which date(s)]. You must also provide a copy of your photo ID the first time you vote by mail. Or use the Wisconsin form. Ballots will be mailed to you within 24 hours and will include a return envelope (stamped & addressed). Send the letter to:
Town of Holland
W7937 County Road MH
Holmen, WI 54636
- On-line at www.MyVote.wi.gov
- In person (highly discouraged due to the pandemic): in the Clerk’s office which may be done two weeks prior to the election (up until 5:00 p.m. on Friday before election day) during clerk’s hours (see bottom of the "home" page screen).
For further information, see the Wisconsin Election Commission instruction page.
***Remember, you must be a registered voter to vote absentee and you must provide a photo ID.
The Election Process
Spring Primary – means the nonpartisan primary held the 3rd Tuesday in February to nominate candidates to be voted for at the spring election.
Spring Election – means the election held on the first Tuesday in April to elect judicial, educational and municipal officers and nonpartisan county officers and during presidential election years, to express preference for the person to be the presidential candidate for each party.
Partisan Primary – means the primary held the 2nd Tuesday in August to nominate candidates to be voted for at the general election, and to determine which candidates for state offices other than district attorney may participate in the Wisconsin election campaign fund.
General Election – means the election held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November to elect the President of the United States, United States senators, representatives in congress, state senators, representatives to the assembly, district attorneys, state officers other than the state superintendent and judicial officers, and county officers other than supervisors and county executives.
Any questions, call or stop by the Clerk’s office: 608-526-3354
Marilyn Pedretti, Clerk