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Posted on: March 16, 2020

2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary: COVID-19 Update

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CITY OF LODI, COLUMBIA COUNTY, WI (Updated:April 3, 2020)

Voters in the City of Lodi are strongly urged to vote by absentee ballot for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary due to the COVID-19 emergency situation. City staff is adhering to the recommendations provided from Federal and State health and election officials and will communicate changes as soon as information changes or becomes available.

The April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary is occurring as scheduled. The Wisconsin Elections Commission, along with City of Lodi staff, strongly recommend that anyone planning to vote should request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them as soon as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

  • You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot.
  • You can no longer register to vote via mail. This deadline has passed.
  • Voters who need to register may also do so in person at their municipal clerk’s office until April 3 and on Election Day at City Hall. 
  • Voter registration MUST include Proof of Residence.
  • Voters should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible for the April 7 election. The deadline is April 3 at 5:00 PM to request an absentee ballot by mail but do not wait!
  • Absentee ballots requested by mail MUST be returned with the Official Absentee Ballot Application/Certification completely filled out. The Application/Certification must include the signature of the voter with today’s date, the signature of one adult U.S. citizen witness, and the FULL address of that witness. These areas are highlighted in yellow on the envelope for reference.
    • However, a witness signature on the absentee ballot certificate envelope is not required if the absentee voter provides written affirmation or other statement that they were unable to safely obtain a witness certification despite reasonable attempts to do so, provided the ballot is otherwise valid.
  • All absentee ballots MUST be received at City Hall by 4:00 PM Monday, April 13, 2020.
  • If you are unable to find your voter information online, have any questions, or need assistance, please contact the City Clerk office at 608-592-3247.

In-person absentee voting is available at City Hall until 5:00 PM Friday, April 3. At City Hall, a number of procedures will also be followed, noted below.

  • Maintain a distance of six feet for any personal interaction whenever possible. Please understand this may impact allowable number of voters in the foyer prior to Election Day and/or in a line on Election Day.
  • You MAY bring your own black ball point pen – do NOT bring or use gel or felt tip; otherwise, pens provided will be regularly sanitized
  • Do NOT lick the certificate envelope – A moistener will be provided to seal the envelope
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for pre- and post-voting activity
  • Door handles, voting booths, counter tops, pens, etc., will be regularly sanitized with the recommended alcohol solution
  • For those individuals who are more vulnerable, please call the Clerk’s office at 608-592-3247 to schedule curbside (or drive up) in-person absentee voting

In general, the following are procedures that the City encourages throughout the community:

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick – wear a mask if you must be in public (contact Columbia County health department)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using alcohol-based wipes
  • Wash your hands often, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods

More information can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Columbia County Department of Health and Human Services.

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