Early absentee voting starts this month in Milwaukee

Additional locations added this year
Posted at 12:40 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 13:49:46-04

With less than two months to go until Election Day, Milwaukee officials are gearing up for early absentee voting.

Early absentee voting starts this month at multiple locations around the city.

"I believe democracy works best when more individuals get involved by voting," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Monday.

If you live in Milwaukee, you can vote as early as Sept. 26 at the Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee.

Voters can cast their early absentee ballots beginning Oct. 10 at Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave., and Midtown Center, 5700 W. Capitol Parkway.

All three locations will be open for early in-person absentee voting through the Nov. 5.

Barrett predicts that by increasing the early absentee voting locations and expanding the times, more voters will turn out.

"We expect an increase from 37,000 early voters to approximately 60,000 early voters in the city,"
said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

Last year, early in-person voting was offered for a total of 110 hours and at only one location.

This year, there will be a combined total of 725 hours of early voting opportunities at all three locations.

The expanded hours were made possible after a federal court ruling that struck down limits on early voting.

The price tag for the two satellite locations is $240,000.