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The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All city residents of the City of Amery vote at the Amery City Hall, 118 Center Street, Amery, WI 54840. Any resident who would like to register to vote must come into the Amery City Hall and fill out a voter's registration. Bring with you a valid Picture I.D. and proof of residency. You do not need any type of voter registration card. If your name is automatically entered into a poll list that is distributed to the Poll Workers in your ward on Election Day, you do not need to register. The only exception is if you have moved since the last time you voted or your name has changed. If you have not registered, you may do so at the polls.
Please bring the appropriate paperwork to verify your current address. When you arrive at the polling place, give your name and address to the election official seated at the check-in table. He/She will find your name on the list of generated voters.
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A Photo I.D. is now required to vote. The following link has great brochures with information to help you learn what you need to know in order to vote: http://bringit.wisconsin.gov
Acceptable Proof of Picture I.D.:
To vote in Wisconsin you must first register to vote. You can register to vote online at My Vote Wisconsin myvote.wi.gov. You can also register in-person at the Clerk's Office during regular business hours, at the polling place on Election Day or by mail. You must complete a Voter Registration Form (EL-131). The registration form must be completed accurately and completely. Additionally, you must submit acceptable proof of residency documentation. Be aware that there may be time restrictions that registration by mail is accepted. The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day (third Wednesday) before the election. Registration is NOT permitted on Saturday, Sunday, or the Monday before the Election. You must reside at your address for 10 consecutive days to be eligible to vote, you may no longer use a corroborating witness as proof of residence. Acceptable proof of residence is required when registering. Forms that constitute acceptable Proof-of-Residence can be found on the Wisconsin Election Commission website at: elections.wi.gov.
Registered at a Different Address/Changed Name. A new registration form needs to be completed in the City of Amery. You will be asked to fill out form (EL-131) so that your prior registration can be cancelled and your voter history transferred to the new address or name in the City of Amery.
Voter I.D. A Photo I.D. is now required to vote. The following link has great brochures with information to help you learn what you need to know in order to vote: http://bringit.wisconsin.gov.
Acceptable Proof of Residence:
If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can access My Vote Wisconsin at: myvote.wi.gov to request an absentee ballot, you can also check the status of your absentee request. Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request. If you have not previously provided a copy of the photo ID, photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to yo. Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they have a difficult time getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request that a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election. Indefinitely confined voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. More information on the exceptions to the photo ID law can be found at: http://bringit.wi.gov/are-there-exceptions-new-law.
The absentee ballot request is made to the city clerk in writing using the Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121) or by letter or email to the city clerk requesting an absentee ballot which provides substantially the same information required on the application form.
Deadline for Returning Your Absentee Ballot. Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Voter I.D. Law. Please note that Wisconsin Law requires Photo I.D. to vote. You must submit a copy of your Photo I.D. to us before we can mail you an absentee ballot. If you have not previously provided a copy of your Photo I.D., a copy of your Photo I.D. must accompany your absentee application. Absentee voters listed below are exempt from the Photo I.D. requirement by the following means:
Remember, you can only vote once! Please note: In 2011 the Legislature passed Act 227, which prohibits a voter who has returned a completed absentee ballot from voting at the polling place on Election Day. Previously, voters who cast an absentee ballot and changed their minds could go to the polling place and vote on Election Day, and their absentee ballot would not be counted. This is no longer an option.
You will need to provide a copy of your acceptable Photo I.D. with your absentee ballot request. Most information about the Photo I.D. requirement can be found at: www.bringit.wi.gov.
Contact the Government Accountability Board at: 1-866-Vote-Wis or at: gab.wi.gov. Access absentee ballots online at: MyVote WI: myvote.wi.gov. Photo I.D. Information: www.bringit.wi.gov. Wisconsin Elections Commission: elections.wi.gov
Election Dates - 2019
Spring Election - Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Election Dates - 2020
Spring Primary Election - Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Spring Election - Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Fall Primary Election - Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Fall General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Spring Elections are Non-Partisan - If a Primary is necessary, it is held on the third Tuesday in February and the Spring Election is held on the first Tuesday in April. The April Election also includes the Presidential Preference Primary in a Presidential Election Year.
Fall Elections are Partisan - If a Primary is necessary, it is held on the second Tuesday in August and the General Election is held on the first Tuesday in November. Partisan offices include: President and Vice-President of the United States; Governor; Lieutenant Governor; Attorney General; Secretary of State; State Treasurer; United States Senator; Representative in Congress; State Senator; Representative to the Assembly; County District Attorney; County Clerk; County Treasurer; County Sheriff; County Clerk of Circuit Court; County Register of Deeds; and Referendum, if applicable.
Nomination Papers must be filed by January 1st or the next day if that Tuesday is a holiday. When filing nomination papers, you should keep the following in mind:
Pick up copies of your Nomination Papers (EL-169), Declaration of Candidacy (EL-162) and Campaign Registration Statement (ETHCF-1) from the Clerk's office at any time. Fillable forms are also available on the GAB website http//gab.wi.gov/forms. The Candidate's Handbook for Local Elections (Your handbook if you want to get on the ballot as a candidate) can be obtained at the Clerk's Office.
The City of Amery encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the Election Process. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become an Election Day Poll Worker (Or "Election Inspector" as the position is formally called). The Chief Election Inspector is in charge of the polling place, and has additional training requirements.
Citizen involvement is essential to conduct open, accurate and fair elections in Wisconsin. We hope that you will consider participation in one of these positions.
What are the responsibilities of a Poll Worker? Poll Workers (Election Inspectors) conduct assigned duties at a polling site on Election Day. Duties can include organizing the polling place before the polls are open, greeting voters, issuing ballots to registered voters, assigning voters numbers in the poll books, registering voters, monitoring the voting equipment, explaining how to mark the ballot or use the voting equipment or counting votes.
What are the hours of work? Polling places are open statewide from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Poll Workers can work a split shift generally from 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to close. Breaks and lunch/dinner hours are allowed and determined by the Chief Election Inspector and/or the City Clerk.
Are Poll Workers (Election Inspectors) compensated? Election Inspectors are compensated for working at the polling places and for attending training sessions. Chief Election Inspectors have additional responsibilities and are compensated based on those duties.
What are training requirements for Poll Workers? The City of Amery provides training to all poll workers. This training provides all of the necessary information and knowledge to be a successful Poll Worker. Training sessions last approximately 1 hour. Chief Election Inspectors are required to attend a paid 4-Hour Training Session.
What are the requirements to be a Poll Worker? To be a Poll Worker, a person must:
How are poll workers selected? According to State Statutes 7.40(4)(a). Except in cities where there is a board of election commissioners, the mayor, president or board chairperson of each municipality shall nominate to the governing body no later than their last regular meeting in December of each odd-numbered year the necessary election officials for each polling place and any election officials required under s. 7.52 (1) (b). If no regular meeting is scheduled, the mayor, president or chairperson shall call a special meeting for the purpose of considering nominations no later than December 31. The governing body of the city appoints the Poll Workers for a two-year term.
If interested, please call Patty Bjorklund, City Clerk/Treasurer at: (715) 268-3411, or stop in at the Amery City Hall (118 Center Street) during normal business hours from: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
The City of Amery uses touchscreen voting machines, called the Edge II, and Optech Insight for paper voting. To vote for candidate(s) of your choice on the Edge II, touch the circle next to the candidate's name. Likewise, to vote for or against a referendum, complete the circle to the right of "Yes" or "No." To vote for a write-in candidate, write the person's name on the write-in line provided by entering the name on the touch keyboard. The Election Workers will assist with the process of paper voting and the Optech Insight.
Beginning in 2012, voters must sign the poll book or Supplemental poll book if you just registered the day you vote to obtain a ballot. The poll book now contains a signature block for each voter. Only 1 poll book needs to be signed. Voters unable to sign the poll book because of a physical disability are exempt from this requirement. If this applies to you, tell the election officials that you are unable to sign because of a disability. Election officials will write "exempt" in your signature block.
After you've signed the poll book, you will be given a voting number and a ballot, and will be directed to the booth.
Correcting the ballot. If you make a mistake on your ballot, you may ask for a new ballot. You will be asked to destroy your invalid ballot. You are allowed up to 3 ballots due to errors you made in marking the ballot. If you need assistance, please ask. Election workers have been trained to help all voters.
A new registration form needs to be completed in the City of Amery if you moved to a different address or changed your name. You will be asked to fill out form (EL-131) so that your prior registration can be cancelled and your voter history transferred to the new address or name is recorded in the City of Amery.