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In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday in La Crosse

Rick Solem



The ballot drop box outside of La Crosse's city hall.

In-person early voting begins Tuesday at La Crosse’s city hall.

As of Monday, just over 4,000 absentee ballots were mailed out, La Crosse city clerk Nikki Elsen told WIZM.

The highlight on the ballot for La Crosse residents is, of course, the mayoral race between Mitch Reynolds and Vicki Markussen.

The last time there was an open seat for mayor was 2013 between Tim Kabat and Doug Farmer. That election saw a 26.2 percent voter turnout.

Elsen said she’s “leaning toward a heavier turnout,” but is still expecting it to hover in that 26-percent mark.

Four years after Kabat beat Farmer, the mayor ran unopposed in 2017. Turnout for that election was just 19.46 percent.

People have until April 1 to request an absentee ballot, but Elsen says the sooner the better. Absentee ballots have to be mailed. They cannot be picked up.

In-person voting can be done from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday until April 2. On that Friday, voting will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, is set aside for Municipal Court.

Ballots can also be dropped off in the green box on the north side of City Hall up until 5 p.m. April 6 — election day or delivered directly to the voter’s respective polling place on election day until 8 p.m.

For more info visit www.MyVote.WI.gov, where they can find a lot of election info — request an absentee ballot, track your absentee ballot, find your polling place, view your sample ballot, etc.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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