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.