Early voting begins in Madison for Aug. 11 primary.

Election officials opened up 16 drive-up in-person absentee voting locations across the city, along with five in-person absentee-ballot drop-off sites. Photo: Licensed under creative commons.

Author: Sam Buisman

In-person absentee voting begins in Madison for Wisconsin’s Aug. 11 partisan primary. 

On Tuesday, Madison voters were able to start casting their ballots for which candidates from their preferred political party will continue onto this fall’s general election races for the State Assembly, Senate and other local administrative positions via in-person absentee voting. 

According to the City Clerk’s Office, election officials are now operating 16 drive-up in-person absentee voting sites across Madison where voters may drive up with the necessary voter ID and fill out an absentee ballot on the spot.

Voters will also be able to register to vote at these polling locations if they bring a valid proof of residence, such as a utility bill or a Wisconsin driver’s license. 

Election officials are also running five absentee ballot in-person drop-off sites for voters who have already received an absentee ballot through the mail but would prefer to drop it off in person rather than mailing it back. 

At both locations, poll workers are taking extensive precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including running most sites outdoors, routinely disinfecting any common surfaces, and wearing masks. 

According to Channel3000, voters themselves are not required to wear masks to these sites, although it is strongly encouraged. Wisconsinites looking to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, or preview what will be on their ballot can do so online at myvote.wi.gov.