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Posted on: March 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] April 7 Election Day Instructions


The WI Supreme Court at approximately 5:20 pm on 4/6/20 struck down Executive Order #74; the April 7th, 2020 Election is proceeding as planned. Please see below for important Election Day information. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, is the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm at the Village Center (333 S. Madison Street). Voters choosing to vote in-person, please read the following information:

  • Please bring your own black ballpoint pen with you for signing of the poll book and marking of your ballot. Voters choosing not to bring their own pen will be provided one for their use and will be asked to take the provided pen with them when leaving the polls.
  • Upon entering and leaving the poll place, you will be asked to either sanitize or wash your hands (we will be providing the sanitizer).
  • Remember to practice social distancing while in the polling place. We will have tape on the floor to assist with maintaining 6 feet in lines.
  • We ask that you promptly leave the polling place when you are finished voting.
  • We ask that you refrain from bringing your child with you to the polling place.
  • Consider voting during off-peak times. Typical peak times for voting are when the polls open at 7 am and in the evening from 4 pm to 8 pm.

ABSENTEE VOTING: The deadline to request an absentee ballot was Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5 pm. At this time, voters wishing to participate in the Spring and Presidential Preference Election will need vote in-person at the Village Center from 7 am to 8 pm on election day.

IMPORTANT ELECTION UPDATE REGARDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The United States Supreme Court issued a decision on 4/6/20 regarding the deadline for absentee ballots for the April 7, 2020 election. Under this ruling, in order for an absentee ballot to be counted it must be postmarked by April 7 and received by 4:00pm on April 13th or hand delivered to the polls by 8:00 pm on Election Day, April 7.   Ballots postmarked after April 7 or hand delivered after 8:00pm on April 7 cannot be counted. All absentee return envelops must contain the signature and address of a witness under section 4 "Certification of Witness". Ballots not containing a witness signature will not be counted for the election. If a ballot is returned without a witness signature, the Clerks office will make an attempt to contact the voter to correct the error.

DROP BOX AT VILLAGE HALL FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The WI Election Commission has provided further clarification on the use of the drop box at Village Hall for the delivery of ballots on Election Day. On election day (4/7/20) voters are able to continue to use the drop box at Village Hall for the delivery of their ballots. Staff will be checking this drop box regularly throughout the day until 8 pm.

Registering to Vote: At this time, voters needing to register to vote will need to appear in-person at the polls on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. A reminder that proof of residency is needed to register to vote. For more information on voting and proof of residence, please see the Village of Waunakee webpage (

Need help?: If you are unable to request an absentee ballot online or need to register to vote in-person, please call Village Hall at 608-850-8500 to make an appointment. Village Hall is open by appointment only for election purposes.

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