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Final days for in-person absentee voting

MADISON (WKOW) — Friday was the last day for unregistered voters to register in-person and cast an in-person absentee ballot.

“We need to have a voice in what’s happening,” said Madison voter Tiffany Barron.

Many voters throughout southern Wisconsin have already cast their ballots. In-person absentee voting started on September 20th at the Madison City Clerk’s Office, and October 15th at many libraries throughout the city.

“We’ve had a lot of enthusiasm at this location, it’s been really great,” said library assistant Rachel Davidson. She works at Sequoya Library on Tokay Boulevard.

That enthusiasm is what encouraged Ben Wachholz to vote on Friday.

“I had just been reading about how big the turnout has been so far this year so I figured I should vote early,” said Wachholz.

On Friday, there was a consistent line for voters at the Sequoya branch.

“This is really impressive.” Davidson said. “We had quite a bit of interest during the 2016 general election but I think this is even more.”

Wachholz was hoping by voting early, he’d skip the line.

“I am a little surprised but I figure Friday, people kinda take a longer lunch so maybe they’re sneaking in some voting as well,” he said.

Tiffany Barron’s reason for voting early is a little different.

“It’s important to me because I have an hour commute to work,” Barron said. “I actually work in another city so for me it works for time.”

After fulfilling their civic responsibility early, they don’t have to worry about the commitment on Tuesday.

“Now, on Tuesday, I can just check on the results and I don’t have to worry about getting out there to vote,” Wachholz said.

In Wisconsin, if you’re already registered to vote, you can still vote early this weekend.

Many locations are opened Saturday and some on Sunday. Here are the In-Person Absentee Voting Hours for Madison.

Contact your local municipality for times and locations.

Amanda Hari

Reporter, WKOW

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