Update on Absentee Ballots

On Wednesday, September 23, Tidelines published an article about the changes in Absentee Voting. One of the changes concerned the necessity of having a witness sign the ballot before you mail it in.

According to WIS News, a federal lawsuit was filed asking for the required witness signature on an absentee ballot to be waived due to coronavirus concerns. The US District Court waived the signature requirement, but this decision was appealed. The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals granted their appeal on Thursday, so the requirement stands that a witness is required. Click here to read the entire article.

Due to this new ruling, we advise everyone to have their ballot witnessed. The witness can be anyone: a friend, a neighbor, a spouse, etc. The ballots will begin to be mailed out on October 3 to the people that have applied for one.

  • If you haven’t applied for an absentee ballot, click here to find out about applying for a ballot.
  • If you have already applied for a ballot, click here to find out the status of your application.

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