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Early Voters in Muskego Keep Clerks Busy

A steady stream of absentee voters indicates a public that's either eager to vote, or eager to get the elections over with.

Apparently voters have not tired of casting ballots this year.

After five elections this year, the biggest one looms less than two weeks away, and the Muskego clerk's office is reporting impressive numbers of early voters and requests for ballots.

Kim Chavie, elections clerk, said "it's been nice - steady but not long lines, and so far we've had 899 voters come in to place absentee ballots."

In addition, requests for mail ballots has also been robust, with 1,249 of those sent to Muskego residents.

"It's definitely busier than previous elections, so it will be interesting to see what happens on election day for turnout," Chavie said.

To accommodate as many voters as possible, City Hall has offered extended hours on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30. Absentee voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 2 to cast early ballots.

If you are registered, you can also print and complete an Application for Absentee Ballot; the application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 1 in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

Ballots received by mail must be returned in the affidavit envelope by mail or in person to the City Clerk at City Hall by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  If your absentee ballot is received after Election Day, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by mail no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the Election to be counted.

To find out more information, including who's on the ballot and polling locations, check out Muskego Patch's Election Guide or visit the city's elections page.

Laura Mishefske October 25, 2012 at 02:56 PM
where are the early ballots stored and how are they counted?
Laura Mishefske October 25, 2012 at 04:03 PM
in case anyone else was wondering, i called city hall and was told that the early voting ballots are in sealed envelopes and stored in the vault at city hall until election day. they are opened there and put through the tabulator to be counted.
Denise Konkol October 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thanks for checking Laura!
Marguerite Ingold October 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I early voted so I could go to the "big" city early voting and do poll observing to make sure that was being done as efficiently and honestly as Muskego's was done. Kudos to our election staff!!!!!!!!!

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