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Early Voting Starts Monday in Shorewood

Voters don't have to wait until Nov. 6 to vote for president — in Wisconsin, they can also vote from Oct. 22 through Nov. 2.

While Election Day isn't until Nov. 6, voters in Shorewood — and the rest of Wisconsin — can begin casting their ballots Monday.

In-person absentee voting, more commonly referred to as "early voting," begins Monday and continues through Friday, Nov. 2. Shorewood residents can cast their ballot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave. Hours expand to 6 p.m. from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

During the 2008 presidential election, Village Clerk Sherry Grant says roughly half of those who voted, did so before Election Day.

"We were just amazed," she said.

She added only time will tell how early voting plays out this year in the village.

"That (2008) was a very historic election, but don’t know people will react to this election," she said.

More than 570 absentee ballots have been requested and mailed out by the clerk's office thus far.

Across the country, the percentage of early voters increased from 16 percent in 2000 to 33 percent in 2008, according to CBS News, which added the number could go as high as 40 percent this year.

Residents can register in advance of the election at Village Hall until Nov. 2. Voters can also register at the polls on Election Day, though that may mean waiting in line.

To register to vote, residents should bring a document showing proof of residence — such as a utility bill or bank statement showing complete name and current address — as well as a Wisconsin driver's license or state-issued ID. If someone does not have an ID, they can provide the last four digits of their Social Security number.

State courts and lawmakers have gone back and forth on voter ID over the last several months, but for this election, an ID is not required to vote at the polls.

To vote in Shorewood, people must be U.S. citizens, 18 years old on or before Election Day, and reside in the village for at least 28 days prior to Election Day.

Residents may register to vote, view voter information or change information through the Government Accountability Board website.

For more information on voting in Shorewood and a rundown of what's on the ballot, check out Patch's Shorewood Election Guide.

Colter95 October 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Consider these facts before you vote: 1. Is the economy better off now than it was four years ago? Based on the evidence, I'd have to say no. Wages are down, the the prices of everything we buy is up. The price of gas has doubled. Good jobs are scarce. 2. Are the slight "up tics" in the economy a solid trend in the right direction? I don't think so. First, the gains are very slight. Second, I believe they are the result in the temporary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, in which they printed a lot of new money. It provides a slight bump now, but the cost will come later - after the election. Ben Bernanke is trying to save Obama's job, along with his own. 3. The continual misrepresentation of Romney on the auto bailout by the Obama administration. Obama appears to be taking complete credit for the bailout, while simultaneously saying that Romney was for liquidation of the auto industry. This is an absolute falsehood. It was Bush who initiated the bailout and TARP. Obama continued it and then expanded it, to his credit. However, Romney was one of the first to say that the industry needed to go through bankruptcy reorganization, and eventually they did exactly that. He also said that any needed loans should come from the private sector. He never said that the industry should be liquidated, or that he would deny federal funds if he were president, and private sector funds were not available. Obama lies! 4. The Benghazi coverup and lies.
Watts October 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Or simply consider that nothing in the Coulter95 post is actually true and it shows the desperation with which the Republican party is willing to deceive people.
Rodney Dukes October 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I am a Democrat and I do not have a problem with those who vote Republican, or Independent. What I don't understand is why the folks who are voting Republican are not alarmed that their party has resorted to lies, trickery and unpatriotic behavior, just to push their agenda. It's sad. If you want to vote against your best interest, go ahead, but at least show the intelligence and decency to investigate what you are being told, or to hold your party members to the expectations you have for our president and the Democratic party.

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