RACINE – In-person absentee voting (or early voting) remains a popular option on Nov. 8. in the general election.
On Tuesday morning, voters were lined up outside the city of Racine’s mobile polling station set up at James Lockwood Park, 4300 Graceland Blvd. From there, he was directed to the parking lot of the Wustum Art Museum in the afternoon. An election worker said it was a pretty normal sight in most places last week.
Wisconsin election law allows voters to cast absentee ballots in person within two weeks of the election. Voting places and hours are determined by individual municipal officials.
The city converted a paratransit van with a wheelchair lift to be used as a mobile polling station for general elections. Another larger van was used in earlier elections this year, but the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) ruled on September 30 that it did not comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA compliance challenge was filed in March by Racine residents Sandra Morris and Sandy Weidner. Weidner is a former member of the Racine Common Council.
A separate challenge to the city’s use of a mobile polling unit was filed with the WEC in August by Ken Brown, chairman of the Racine County Republican Party and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). That complaint alleges the unit is vulnerable to ballot stuffing and gives the Democratic Party an unfair advantage. The WEC did not rule on that case.
The previous mobile polling unit was purchased in 2020 with a grant the city received from the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL). The device was delivered in 2021. and was used for voter registration and a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic that year. WILL and other conservative organizations unsuccessfully challenged the CTCL grants in state and federal courts.
The Journal Times reported last week that Brown plans to file a complaint with the WEC, alleging that the device now in use still does not comply with the ADA. However, City Clerk Tara McMenamin confirmed Monday that the mobile polling unit will continue its planned schedule through Sunday, Nov. 6.
City of Racine Absentee/Early Voting Options
- Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Ave., Room 207
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
- Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
- Greater Mount Eagle Baptist Church, 929 State St.
- Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
- Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Ave.
- Lakeview Community Center, 201 Good St.
- Humble Park Community Center, 2200 Blaine Ave.
- Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 Caron Butler Dr.
- Belle Town Square, 2100 Northwestern Ave.
- North Beach Park, 1501 Michigan Blvd.
- Gateway Technical College, 1001 Main St.
Other Absentee/Early Voting Options
Elsewhere in East Racine County, the villages of Caledonia, Elmwood Park, Mount Pleasant, North Bay, Sturtevant and Wind Point also offer absentee/early voting this week. For specific times and locations in your area, visit MyVote Wisconsin online.
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