Presidential Election closes in as early voting locations open in Wisconsin.

Voters are able to register at a new address at the early voting sites with proof of residence. A photo ID is needed in order to receive an absentee ballot. Photo courtesy of Jessica Gregory, 2020.

Author: Jessica Gregory

In-person absentee voting locations opened in Wisconsin today, only 15 days away from the monumental Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential Election.

These voting sites are largely outdoors or drive-up due to the COVID-19 pandemic but many sites are stationed outside of areas where poll workers and voters can take cover if poor weather moves in to ensure that ballots stay dry. State law dictates that there will be no voter registration on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 although some locations are still open for registered voters to cast their ballots.

Channel 3000 reports that soon after opening, lines began to form in Milwaukee and Neenah. 

UW-Madison students vote at the Student Activity Center polling location on East Campus Mall. Photo courtesy of Jessica Gregory.

In Madison, there are 13 polling locations besides the City Clerk’s office. Many of the off-campus voting sites are stationed at public libraries. UW-Madison on-campus locations include the Student Activity Center, Union South and Memorial Union. These three locations are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Edgewood College’s voting location will open Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Absentee drop boxes are located at 14 fire stations around Madison. A map of the drop box locations can be accessed here.

The final Presidential Debate this Thursday will begin at 8:00 p.m. CT. Hosted at Belmont University in Tennessee, the debate will be in-person but candidates will not shake hands.

Previous COVID-19 guidelines for the debate remain, but a new rule change has been implemented to mute any unnecessary and unruly interruptions. Moderator Kristen Welker will turn off a candidate’s microphone when it is not their two minute answering period. During the discussion period, both Donald Trump (R) and Joe Biden (D) will have their microphones on.

As usual there will be six topics with each topic given 15 minute segments. Topics include: COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.