Jodie Tabak | Communications Director Office of Mayor Barrett
MILWAUKEE – Early voting has been in full swing since the process began last Monday, October 20th. Mayor Tom Barrett and Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht are reminding residents that the deadline to vote before Election Day is tomorrow, Friday, October 31st at 7 p.m.
“We have seen a strong turnout so far for early voting,” said Mayor Barrett. “Even though we have seen many voters coming to the polls early, we still have the capacity for several thousand more each day. I hope we see more people taking the opportunity to vote early before Friday’s deadline.”
The election commission reported that close to 9,000 residents have visited the Zeidler Municipal Building, located at 841 N. Broadway Street, to vote. The early vote total to date for this election is higher than previous turnouts for a gubernatorial race.
“We have an enthusiastic crew working to keep wait times down and they have the capacity to help thousands more,” said Neil Albrecht, Milwaukee Election Commissioner. “I want to encourage any resident who is worried about long lines or waiting times on November 4 to come down to the Zeidler Municipal Building and vote before 7 p.m. Friday.”
Average wait times for registered voters have been from 5 to 10 minutes, with slightly longer waits for those who still need to register. Early voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, October 31st. On the final day of early voting, registration closes at 5 p.m. while the polls are open until 7 p.m. A photo ID is not required to vote.
The City of Milwaukee is still hiring election workers with a goal of overstaffing each voting site in anticipation of a high voter turnout. Election workers are paid $130 for working a full day, or $65 for working a half day. Residents interested in working on Election Day should visit www.milwaukee.gov/helpmilwaukeevote.