While Election Day isn't until Tuesday, voters in Fox Point and Bayside – and the rest of Wisconsin – have been casting their ballots since Monday.
In-person absentee voting, more commonly referred to as "early voting," began Monday and continues through Friday. Fox Point residents can cast their ballot between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, at Bayside resident can cast their ballot between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at
To may also cast an absentee ballot by mail or drop-off. There are several ways to obtain an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots are counted at the polls on Election Day.
Larger percentage of voters using early options
Early voting has become increasingly popular over the years, and that trend is expected to continue.
As of Wednesday, Bayside 29.8 percent of registered voters request ballots and 27.1 percent have voted.
Across the country, the percentage of early voters increased from 16 percent in 2000 to 33 percent in 2008, according to CBS News, which said the number could go as high as 40 percent this year.
Residents can register in advance of the election at City Hall until Nov. 2. Voters can also register at the polls on Election Day, though that may mean waiting in line.
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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 Fox Point or Bayside, people must be U.S. citizens, 18 years old on or before Election Day, and reside in Fox Point or Bayside (and nowhere else!) 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 Fox Point and Bayside and a rundown of what's on the ballot, check out Patch's Fox Point-Bayside Election Guide.