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Absentee ballots already sent out for August primary in Wisconsin

Brad Williams

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Wisconsin’s next election is a little over a month away, but absentee ballots already have been sent out for the August 11th primary. 

La Crosse County clerk Ginny Dankmeyer says supplying the ballots that early meets a federal requirement of 47 days before an election.    

Primaries for Congressional and state legislative seats will be the biggest items on the August ballot in Wisconsin. 

We don’t know how severe the coronavirus outbreak will be in August, but Dankmeyer says La Crosse County polling places will be prepared for safe voting, just as they were in April, with social distancing, cleaning, and plastic barriers.     

Dankmeyer also says demand for absentee ballots is already twice the normal level for the August primary.  

She predicts that all of La Crosse’s polling places will be open as planned for August and November, unlike when there were staffing shortages in April.

One local election to watch in August could be the 3rd District Congressional race, where Democrats and Republicans both have two candidates on the ballot.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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