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Absentee voting for recall primary election begins Monday

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- The city of Eau Claire says it's already received a dozen absentee ballots for May 8th's recall primary.  Eau Claire City Clerk Donna Austad says absentee voting has become more popular.

"First off, they expanded the reasons a little bit; made that a little broader," explains Austad.  "Then they just said no, you don't have to have a reason.  Anyone can cast an absentee ballot.  And we have over the course of time, seen the number of absentees go up."

The ballot features races for governor, lieutenant governor, and depending on where you live, state senator.  Locally, there is a recall in the 23rd Senate District, which is represented by Terry Moulton.

Austad says about 15% of local voters now vote absentee.  Because each recall primary is a separate election event, voters may cross parties, but they may still only vote once per office.

"In Wisconsin, you do not have to state party preference," says Austad.  "All voters get the ballot with all parties or all races.  So that's up to them in the privacy of the voting booth to determine."

Residents will not have to show a voter ID for the upcoming election.   Simply stating your name, giving your address, and signing the voter sheet is enough.

"Right now, we haven't brought any extra staff in.  We are kind of playing that one by ear and seeing how the absentee voting goes," Austad reveals.  "If we do need staff, we will be bringing some in from our absentee team that we had for the April election."

You can vote absentee at the Eau Claire City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The city says the latest it will accept absentee votes in person is Friday, May 4th at 5 p.m.

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