Voter Preparations for November 4 Elections
With less than one month until the November 4 elections the City of Milwaukee is in the process of final preparations for an election that is expected to see a large turnout.
"With the removal of voter ID as an unnecessary roadblock to a fair election, the City is now able to focus on some very important aspects of election administration and encouraging strong voter participation," said Mayor Barrett. "Voter registration is the first step to voting, and with the rapidly approaching deadline for open registration this coming Wednesday, we want to encourage any Milwaukee residents needing to complete this step to do it this week."
Open registration is the period where individuals needing to register can complete the process through the mail or through a voter registration drive. After Wednesday, October 15, individuals have two remaining options to register: during in-person "early" absentee voting or at their polling place on Election Day.
Final preparations are also underway for Milwaukee's in-person "early" absentee voting. "Early voting has become a national trend. People enjoy the peace of mind that comes from casting their ballots early. In Milwaukee, over 37,000 people voted early in November 2012 and we anticipate a comparable number in this election," said Neil Albrecht, Milwaukee Election Commissioner.
For City of Milwaukee residents, early voting will take place at the Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway, beginning October 20 and running through October 31. The hours for voting are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., the maximum hours allowable by a newly passed state law that restricts hours for early voting.
The City of Milwaukee is also still hiring election workers. With a goal of overstaffing each voting site in anticipation of a high voter turnout, Albrecht identifies the department may still hire an additional 150-200 election workers. Election workers are paid $130 for working a full day, or $65 for working a half day. Residents interested in working on Election Day should visit www.milwaukee.gov/helpmilwaukeevote