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Information on Elections & Voting
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2024 Election Dates*

February 20, 2024 - Spring Primary Election Date -- NOTE:  While this is the date for the Spring Primary, there is no Spring Primary for the Town of Florence.
April 2, 2024 - Spring Election
August 13, 2024 - August Partisan Primary Election
November 5, 2024 - November General Election

The Community Center at 749 Central Ave is the polling place for the Town of Florence. Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the election.


*2025 Election Dates will be posted in the fall of 2024
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Election Deadlines*

The next scheduled election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

April 2, 2024 Spring Election Important Dates


*Election deadlines will be updated for the next scheduled election when they are available.  They are typical updated as follows - in January for February Primary, in February for the April Spring Election, in June for the August Partisan Primary and in September for the November General Election.  Please note that a February Spring Primary may not be needed each year, and there are usually only August and November elections held during even years -- 2020, 2022, etc.
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MyVote Wisconsin Website Information

Helpful Website for all Wisconsin Voters
https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

Did you know that you can check to see if your absentee ballot was recorded as returned? Did you know that you can also check your election participation -- whether or not you voted in an election?
In Wisconsin, you can do both of those things and more.

What can you do on the MyVote website?


All you need to be able to access the MyVote website is your name and your date of birth.
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Voter Registration

You can use the MyVote website (https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/) to check your voter registration status, update your voter registration online, and/or request an absentee ballot. 

Note: to update your voter registration completely online, your address with the WI DMV must match the address you are registering at. You can update your address on file with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation online by visiting their website:  WI DOT/DMV Online Address Update

If your address is different from what is on file with the DMV, you will be required to print your application and mail it or bring in to the Town Office with proof of residence.  


New Voter Registration
You may register to vote at the town office located at 749 Central Avenue, (Community Center Building) or on election day. Proof of residence and identification are required. We must have the following information: WI Driver’s License #, your name as it appears on your driver’s license, DOB, Address, Phone # and Previous Address. It is possible to mail in a voter registration, but when at all possible it is easier and more accurate to register in person. If your voter registration is mailed to the office you must provide a copy of your driver’s license. Click the link below for a printable online voter registration application. Voter registration applications are also available by contacting the Town Office.



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How to Request an Absentee Ballot to Vote by Mail*

The easiest way to request an absentee ballot is to go online to www.myvote.wi.gov.  

Voters can also request a ballot by sending something in writing either by email, fax or mail to their municipal clerk. Town of Florence Voters can contact the Town of Florence Office by sending a request to:

In order to receive a ballot, the voter needs to have a request on file that states:

​*The United States Postal Service recommends mailing your ballot at least one week before Election Day. It can take a week to mail something from Florence back to Florence.  RECENTLY, it has taken a couple of weeks or more for mail to be delivered.  Plan accordingly when mailing your ballots.

Absentee By-Mail Deadlines:

*Election deadlines will be updated for the next scheduled election when they are available. They are typical updated as follows - in January for February Primary, in February for the April Spring Election, in June for the August Partisan Primary and in September for the November General Election. Please note that a February Spring Primary may not be needed each year, and there are usually only August and November elections held during even years -- 2020, 2022, 2024, etc.
How to Vote an In-person Absentee Ballot*

In Wisconsin, early voting is absentee voting in the Clerk's Office. Any registered voter can request to vote an In-Person Absentee Ballot.  

Although it is not required, voters can call to make an appointment to vote an in-person absentee ballot and everything will be set and ready to go for you when you get here.

In-Person Absentee Dates:

In-Person Absentee Voting & Appointments can be made during the following dates and times:

You will need to bring an acceptable photo ID to show in order to receive a ballot.


*Election deadlines will be updated for the next scheduled election when they are available. They are typical updated as follows - in January for February Primary, in February for the April Spring Election, in June for the August Partisan Primary and in September for the November General Election. Please note that a February Spring Primary may not be needed each year, and there are usually only August and November elections held during even years -- 2020, 2022, etc.

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What Happens to a Voted Absentee Ballot?

1. Absentee ballots are issued and mailed once the Town of Florence Office receives a request in writing and a photo ID is on file. Each absentee ballot mailing includes: instructions, one of each type of ballot (each ballot is initialed by the clerk), and a stamped and addressed certificate envelope for the voter to securely return their ballot in. The ballots are folded so that when they are returned, the election inspectors can see that the clerk initialed the ballot, but cannot see how the voter marked his/her ballot.

2. The voter receives and votes the ballot and encloses it in the certificate envelope provided with the ballot. This envelope must be signed and dated by the voter. A witness must also sign and write their address the envelope—by signing the witness states that they saw the voter sign the envelope and mark their ballot (not what they marked, but witnessing the voter was marking his/her own ballot).

3. The ballot gets returned to the Town of Florence. You can drop the ballot in the mail (there is postage on the envelope). If you use the mail, please note that it can take approximately 5-7 days for it to be returned to us. Voters can also drop off their absentee ballots at the Town of Florence Office during office hours.

4. Once received by the Town of Florence Office, the ballot is recorded as returned and the sealed envelope is placed in a secured absentee ballot box. If you vote in-person by absentee, the ballot is placed in a signed certificate envelope and locked up in the box with the rest of the absentee ballots.

5. That box is delivered by the Clerk to the polls on Election Day.

6. Two election inspectors verify the certificate envelope: that it is still sealed and hasn’t been tampered with, that the voter signed and dated the envelope and that a witness signed and put their address on the envelope. Then a voter number is issued to that voter, and the absentee ballot envelope is opened.

7. When the envelope is opened, the inspectors make sure there is only one ballot of each type (official, town, school, etc) enclosed, and that the clerk has initialed the ballot. Once those two items are verified, the ballot is then placed directly in the ballot box. The inspectors do not see how a voter marked their ballot due to how the ballot is folded in the envelope.

8. The ballot boxes are opened after 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. The election workers verify there are the same number of ballots as there are voters. Then the ballots are counted by four people.

9. After the ballots are all tallied, they get sealed in a ballot bag. Then the results are called into the County Clerk’s Office.
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Provisional Ballots Issued for the April 4, 2023 Spring Election*

Town of Florence
Election Day – April 4, 2023
Provisional Ballots Issued – 0

* The number of Provisional Ballots Issued for each election is posted at the close of the polls on Election Night.  The polls close at 8:00 p.m.

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Sample Ballots for the April 4, 2023 Spring Election*
12-19-23 -- Sample ballots will be posted here for the upcoming election as soon as they are available.​



Note:  Sample ballots are printed on blue paper with the word "sample" printed over the text on the ballot.  The actual ballot will be a different color. Also note that an official ballot will have a initials in the endorsement section, which makes it an official ballot.




You can also see what will be on your ballot by going to the MyVote website and clicking "What's on My Ballot."  You will have to enter your address in order to see what is on your ballot.  Note:  this feature is only available for the current/upcoming election.  

If you try to view the ballots too early, you may see the following message:
        Ballots are not yet ready for this election. Ballots are typically available 47 days 
        before an election with federal contests and 21 days before state and local contests.
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Unofficial Election Results

The Town of Florence does not post election results online.  You can find the unofficial election results posted on the Florence County Website at www.florencecountywi.com. They are typically posted on the right hand side of the page under the "Florence County Quicklinks" bar."
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Electronic Public Test Notice*
NOTICE TOWN OF FLORENCE RESIDENTS

Notice is hereby given that a public test of the electronic voting equipment to be used in the Spring Election on April 2, 2024 will be held on March 25, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Office, which is located at 749 Central Avenue – Florence, WI.


*An electronic public test of the voting equipment to be used on Election Day is always held on the second Monday preceding the election.
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* Please note:  all items marked with an * above will be updated for each election.  Prior election dates and information may appear here until the updated dates and information are available to be posted.  An anticipated date for the updated information will be posted under each * indicated item.
*Election deadlines will be updated for the next scheduled election when they are available. They are typical updated as follows - in January for February Primary, in February for the April Spring Election, in June for the August Partisan Primary and in September for the November General Election. Please note that a February Spring Primary may not be needed each year, and there are usually only August and November elections held during even years -- 2020, 2022, etc.
Other Election Notices Posted as Needed

Occasionally there are other election notices that will need to be posted that do not fit into one of the categories listed above.  Those notices would then be posted here.  
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Information on Election Equipment, Concerns & Mitigated Responses

Beginning with the April 4, 2022 Spring Election, the Town of Florence (and all Florence County Polling Places) will be using brand new voting equipment. All voting will be done on paper ballots that the voter will then insert into the voting equipment, which is called a tabulator. Before the Election, the Town of Florence wants to share some information regarding the new equipment.

Voting Equipment Used in the Town of Florence:

Public Participation
The Town of Florence held an Open House on Monday, March 7 for all Florence County residents to learn about the tabulator, ask questions, and learn how to mark a ballot.  

In addition to the Open House, the Town of Florence held a Mock-Practice Election for the Public to participate in on Thursday, March 10. Those electors participating in the event marked ballots and fed them into the machine. After the polls were closed for the practice election, the ballots were removed and hand tallied to verify that the tabulator results were the same results as when the ballots were hand tallied. They matched exactly.

Both of these opportunities were held to allow voters to familiarize themselves with the new voting equipment prior to election day. The Town of Florence understands that electors may still have some concerns with the tabulator, so the Town has developed plans and practices that will mitigate these concerns.



Here is how the Town of Florence is Mitigating Concerns Regarding the Machine:

Concern: The machine can mark ballots when it is not in Accessible Voting Mode.

Mitigated Response: The Accessible Voting option can only print on a ballot if there is an ink cartridge installed in that printer. No ink cartridge will be installed during the election except when it is necessary for a voter using the accessibility voting mode. It cannot print on ballots if there isn’t an ink cartridge installed. When the accessible voting printer prints, it is done in black ink. It only has a black ink cartridge, which will not be installed. Blue pens will be available for voters at the polls to mark their ballots.



Concern: A voter could put more than one ballot through the machine.

Mitigated Response: The machine itself will not allow two ballots to be submitted at one time. The machine will always be attended by one or more election workers, so a voter will be given access to submit their ballot. Then they will be done voting and leave the polling place.



Concern: The machine can be connected to the internet, phone or wireless network.

Mitigated Response: The Town of Florence machine does not have a modem. There is not an antenna internally or externally on the machine. There is a door on the machine labeled the “ports door” where the modem would be hooked up and where there is a usb port. No one should access the machine via the USB, and there is no need to access the port where the modem could be plugged in as there is no modem. A seal will be placed on the “ports door,” and the seal will always remain on that door. It will be documented on the inspector’s statement from the election with the other seals that are recorded for the official record.



Concern: A ballot could be counted/run through the machine more than once.

Mitigated Response: Ballots are inserted into the tabulator to be read. The Ballot Review enabled mode displays how the machine is reading the ballot. The ballot itself is not counted until the voter presses the “cast” button. Once the ballot is cast, it is deposited into the ballot bin. The ballot bin has a security seal and that seal is not broken until the end of Election Day after the polls close. Each ballot can only be run through one time.



Concern: The machine can add votes to the report that are not there.

Mitigated Response: The number of ballots and voters are checked multiple times during the election process:


If someone still has concerns, the entire election process is done in public, so it can be observed by anyone:


Hand-Counting Ballots
An audit of electronic voting machines is randomly conducted after each general election. The Town of Florence was selected after the November 2020 Election. During the audit, which was held in public, the election inspectors counted by hand all votes cast on the machine. The tally of those votes counted by hand matched the tally printed by the machine. The purpose of the audit is to ensure that voting equipment in Wisconsin is accurately counting ballots according to federal standards, which is 1 error in 500,000 ballots.

The Town of Florence committed to hand-counting all paper ballots for highly contested races for the 2022 Election cycle to verify that the results from the voting equipment match the hand counted totals of all the paper ballots. The date and time for the hand-count audit of the equipment was posted at the polling place on Election Day, on the Town Office Door and on the Town’s website www.townofflorencewisconsin.com.  For each voluntary hand-count audit, the hand-count numbers matched the numbers reported by the tabulator on the machine.


The Town of Florence is responsible for the integrity of the Elections held here in Florence, and the Town has a plan to make sure each election is accurate and secure. If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Florence office at 715-528-3595 or email svanpembrook@florencewi.gov or jklumpp@florencewi.gov


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Voluntary Audit of Election Equipment Results - 11-08-22

TOWN OF FLORENCE
Public Notice
Office of the Clerk
Audit of Election Equipment used in the
November 8, 2022 General Election

For November General Elections the Wisconsin Elections Commission randomly chooses at least one municipality in each county to do a Post-Election Voting Equipment Audit, which is a hand count of all of the ballots cast in the Election. Reporting units and contests for audit will be randomly selected on November 9, 2022. 

If the Town of Florence is not chosen by the WEC to do an official Post-Election Voting Equipment Audit, the Town of Florence will hold their 
Voluntary Voting Equipment Audit
Thursday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. 
Florence Community Center

If the Town of Florence is chosen for the WEC to do an official Post-Election Voting Equipment Audit, the date and time of the Official audit will be posted on November 10 by 1:00 p.m.  

The Town of Florence utilizes the Dominion Image Cast Evolution (ICE) voting system.
TOWN OF FLORENCE


Shelly VanPembrook
Clerk/Treasurer


Town of Florence
Public Notice Office of the Clerk

Local Election Equipment Audit Matches Hand Tally

After the November 8, 2022 General Election, the Town of Florence Election Inspectors performed a hand tallying/counting of the November 8, 2022 ballots on November 10, 2022. The date and time of this local audit was noticed online, at the Town Office and at the Polls on Election Day. This local audit was to determine whether or not the machine results were correctly tabulated.  

Notice is hereby given that there were three races that were hand tallied: Governor, US Senate and US Congress. The results matched and are as follows:

Governor:
Evers/Rodrigues – Tabulator Total 335; Hand Tally Total 335
Michels/Roth – Tabulator Total 795; Hand Tally Total 795
Beglinger – Tabulator Total 13; Hand Tally Total 13

US Senator
Barnes – Tabulator Total 320; Hand Tally Total 320
Johnson – Tabulator Total 826; Hand Tally Total 826

US Congress
Ausman – Tabulator Total 307; Hand Tally Total 307
Tiffany – Tabulator Total 836; Hand Tally Total 836

Certified by: Teresa Koehn, Chief Inspector & Election Inspectors: Janice Gehlhoff, Renee Grunewald & Tim Grunewald
11-10-22 at 4:30 p.m.

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Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) 4-Year Voter Maintenance

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be mailing postcards in mid-June (by June 15, 2023) to registered voters who have not voted in the past four years.

This biennial postcard mailing approved by the Commission is just one of the many things Wisconsin election officials do to ensure our state’s voter registration list is current and accurate to ensure the integrity of voting.

Local clerks are working every day to add newly registered voters, update existing voters’ names and addresses, and to remove voters who have died or been convicted of felonies.  In addition, every two years, state law requires inactive voters to be removed from the statewide voter list if they do not request continuing their registration.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be sending the postcards to voters who have not voted since the November 2020 general election. The postcard asks recipients whether they want to remain a registered voter at that address--and requires a response by July 15, 2023 for those who receive a postcard.

More information about the 2023 Four-Year Voter List Maintenance mailing will be distributed in June before the postcards are mailed. Information about the mailing is posted to the Commission’s website.

The Four-Year Voter List Maintenance mailing is separate from other mailings the Commission has sent in recent years to voters who may have moved. So-called “movers mailings” have been the subject of litigation, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently decided the Zignego case in the Commission’s favor. 


Wisconsin Voter Registration and List Maintenance Facts


2021 Wisconsin Voter Registration and Four-Year Maintenance

Total number of notices mailed = 
186,982

Number of notices that were returned requesting continuation of registration =
12,121

Number of notices that were returned as undeliverable =
62,853

Number of voters mailed a notice who requested cancellation of registration = 
38

Number of voters mailed a notice who clerks determined to be deceased =
736

Number of voters mailed a notice who clerks deactivated for reasons other than being deceased or at the voter’s request =
121

Number of duplicate voter records identified and merged together = 
385

Number of voters who did not respond to the notice =
112,008

Total number of voters mailed a notice whose status changed from eligible to ineligible =
174,307