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Elections - Town of Hortonia

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Election Information for the Town of Hortonia
Prepared by the Town Clerk - October 23, 2009; Updated 1/18/2011
The following information targets Electors in the Town of Hortonia.

Election Schedule

  • Polls open at 7:00 a.m. / Polls close at 8:00 p.m. - state law
    • if you're already in line at 8:00 p.m. you will get to vote

Polling Place - where you vote in the Town of Hortonia

  • Beginning 2010, residents vote at the Fire Hall
    • located at 700 W. Nye St. (County Rd TT) in Hortonville
    • !! CLICK HERE !! for a map to the Fire Hall and more information
  • some reasons for the move...
    • Fire Hall has more parking, more room, bathrooms, ADA compliant, better environmental control, easier to setup, better access to communication with state, county and other election-day entities
  • note: Town Hall continues to host Town Board, Plan Commission, Board of Review, Board of Appeals and all other meetings, unless otherwise indicated 

Check your registration and see your ballot

  • !! CLICK HERE !! to see if you are registered to vote AND see your sample ballot
  • you will be accessing the State of Wisconsin (secure 'https') Voter Public Access site
  • you will be asked to enter your last name, first name and date of birth
  • you will have access to...
    • your voter information
    • your voting history
    • your polling place location (ie. Fire Hall)
    • your sample ballot (about 20 days prior to elections)
      • so you know who/what you're voting for before you arrive at the polls
    • your voting district and current office holders
      • contact information for your representatives - state, local and district

Register to Vote

  • !! CLICK HERE !! for the State of WI EB-131 Voter Registration form
  • you must register before you can vote
  • follow the instructions on the form
  • your name must appear EXACTLY as it does on your WI ID
  • return the form to the Town or County clerk (prior to election day), or
  • bring the form with you (on election day)

3 Registration Periods (pick one)

  • Normal Registration:
    • From the day after election until 5pm on the 20th day before the next election
    • Register by mail or in person at the Town Clerk's office, the County Clerk's office, or with any State appointed Special Registration Deputy
    • BY MAIL:
      • State and federal law now requires that any first-time voter submitting a registration application by mail provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document that provides proof of residence. (A “first-time voter” is an individual who has not voted in an election in Wisconsin.) Acceptable forms of proof of residence are outlined below. The copy of the form of proof of residence must be included when submitting the registration application. If a copy of proof of residence is not included, the elector will be required to supply it before being issued a ballot at the polling place or before being issued an absentee ballot in the town clerk’s office.
    • IN PERSON:
      • The County Clerk has regular business hours. The Town Clerk does not - please call the clerk's office 779-9780 to schedule an appointment. Please offer proof of residence.
  • Late Registration:
    • Between Normal Registration and 5pm on the day before election
    • Register IN PERSON at the Town Clerk's office or at the County Clerk's office
    • Clerk is required by law to ask for proof of residence
    • Clerk will issue you a Certificate of Registration (EB-133)
  • Election Day Registration:
    • Register IN PERSON at the polling place by an election worker (not the clerk)
    • Election worker is required by law to ask for proof of residence

Proof of Residence

  • An operator's license issued under Wis Stats. Ch. 343 (ie. DMV ID)
  • A State-Issued Wisconsin ID Card
  • Any other official ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • An ID card or license issued by a business that also has the voter's picture - cannot be a business card
  • A property tax bill for the current year or the year preceding the election
  • A residential lease (not valid as proof of residence for a mail-in registration)
  • A university, college or technical school ID card with the voter's picture. This proof need not contain the voter's full name or address if the issuing school provides the clerk a current and certified list of students and if the clerk can locate the voter on that list.
  • A utility bill for a period starting not more than 90 days before the election
  • A bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check documents
  • Must include:
    • A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
    • A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of the municipality (ie. Hortonville, New London or Dale - the Town of Hortonia is serviced by these Post Offices)

note: the poll worker or clerk is required by law to copy down the account number of the utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, etc (we're not trying to steal your identity - getting the number is part of our job as required by law)

Qualifications for Voting

  • you qualify to vote in the Town of Hortonia if...
    • you are 18 years old, or older (on or before election day)
    • you are a U.S. citizen
    • you have resided in the Town of Hortonia for 10 days preceding the election
      • not necessarily consecutive days and not necessarily immediately preceding
  • you are disqualified if...
    • you have been convicted of treason, felony, or bribery
      • and have not had your right to vote restored through pardon or you are still under supervision
    • you made a bet or wagered on the outcome of the election
    • a court order exists indicating that you have been adjudicated incompetent in Wisconsin

Absentee Voting

  • Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot.
  • The request is made to the town clerk in writing by using the Application for Absentee Ballot (GAB-121). The voter making the request must sign the application. If a request is made for more than one person residing at the same address, each person must sign the request.
  • If the request is made by mail, it must arrive in PO Box 301 by the Thursday preceding an election. This is the last day that we can mail you an absentee ballot.
  • If the request is made in person at the clerk’s office (Town Hall) it can be made until 5:00 p.m. on the day preceding the election.
    • If requesting in person, you must vote there-and-then per statute §6.87(3)(a) 
  • Special provisions are made for hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors.
  • Regardless of whether you mail it or have it delivered in person, we [clerk or election officials] must receive your absentee ballot in the required GAB-122 envelope (signed, witnessed AND sealed) before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If the envelope is not sealed, or not witnessed, or not signed, or arrives late, your vote can not be counted.

 I prefer to receive my Absentee Ballot by e-mail

  • It would be nice/convenient if a voter could simply vote their ballot and e-mail it back, but such is not the case. The voter must return a HARD COPY of the ballot AND the completed certificate to the town clerk in time so that the clerk can deliver the ballot to the polling place before the close of the polls, 8:00 p.m.
  • Here is the procedure:
    1. clerk e-mails voter PDFs of the (a) ballot and (b) GAB-122 form (certificate)
    2. voter prints out both PDFs
    3. voter votes the ballot
    4. voter fills out the GAB-122, signs it, and, has it witnessed
    5. voter mails the material to PO Box 301 (zip 54944-0301), or, voter has the material delivered
      • either way, the material must arrive prior to 8:00 p.m. Election Day
    6. election workers* open the envelope with the material, check to make sure everything has been filled out, recreate the ballot using a ballot that can be scanned by the voting machine
    7. election workers* run the recreated ballot through the voting machine
      • * two election workers are involved in the process to provide checks/balances to insure that the ballot is recreated accurately reflecting the voter's intent
  • The intent of the e-mail absentee balloting is for last-minute situations. The voter can receive the material via e-mail, then send the hard-copies via courier or express delivery to the Fire Hall on Election Day. It is the voter's responsibility to make sure the materials are filled out correctly and arrive on time.

Am I in Hortonia?

  • If your home has a Town of Hortonia fire number (see map), you are in Hortonia township.
  • Or, if your home is on our Zoning maps, you are in Hortonia township.
  • And, if you're not sure which school district you're in, check out our School District map.
  • And, if you're not sure which Ward you're in, check out our County Ward map.

I need more information!

 I want to complain *%$#!!

  • The rules / laws / statutes regarding elections were not created by us [Town Officials, Clerk or Election Inspectors] - they were created by your state legislators, based on recommendations from the Government Accountability Board. So if you want change(s), please advise your legislator (assembly district 40, senate district 14), because no matter how passionately or loudly you complain to us, there's nothing we can do about it. 

note: If you've read this, studied it, memorized the maps, understand and remember it all, then you may be ready to become one of the exciting, the elite, the Election Inspectors of Hortonia.