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04/03/2020 Voting Update

April 3, 2020 at 11:56 AM by Brandi Cummings

Decision by Judge William Conley regarding April 7 election:

The new deadline to REQUEST an absentee ballot by mail has been extended one day to 5 PM on Friday, April 3rd

Go to to request an absentee ballot by 5pm, Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

This video will show you how to request an absentee ballot:  How to request an absentee ballot.

OR print, fill out and return scanned copy of Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121).  Visit contact your municipal clerk to find his/her email address. The email address for the Kenosha City Clerk office is Include a copy of acceptable photo ID.

The new deadline for RETURNING filled out absentee ballots is 4 PM Monday, April 13. 

A witness signature on the absentee ballot certificate envelope is not required if the absentee voter provides a written affirmation or another statement that they were unable to safely obtain a witness certification despite reasonable attempts to do so, provided the ballot is otherwise valid. Simply write a statement that you were unable to safely get a witness due to COVID-19.

Judge Conley agreed with WI Elections Commission guidance regarding the use of the “indefinitely confined” definition that allows a first-time absentee ballot applicant to skip the voter I.D. submission requirement (see pages 47-8). That WEC guidance was adopted by the WI Supreme Court 2 days ago in another case and provides that the “designation of indefinitely confined status is for each individual voter to make based upon their current circumstances. It does not require permanent or total inability to travel outside of the residence.”

The judge did not require that absentee ballots be postmarked by election day. So those who request absentee ballots before the election will be able to put them in the mail after election day.

Read the judge’s ruling here.

AP summary Judge won't delay Wisconsin election but extends voting.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wisconsin's election is still April 7, but a federal judge has extended the deadline for absentee votes to be counted

WIsconsin Election Commission here.

In Kenosha, the ballots must be in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. It is recommended that people drop their ballot off in the white dropbox on Eighth Avenue near the driveway of the visitor parking lot, or the white dropbox near the west entrance of City Hall, 625 52nd St. 


Ballots also can be sent via U.S. mail or shipped via other delivery methods (FedEx, etc.) to the City Clerk’s office, 625 52nd St., Room 105, Kenosha WI 53140.

For voting information in the Town and Village of Somers 

For voting information in the Village of Pleasant Prairie

Due to COVID-19, some polling places have been changed click here to view changes in Kenosha