Milwaukee installs 24-hour absentee ballot boxes throughout city

NOW: Milwaukee installs 24-hour absentee ballot boxes throughout city

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee will install 15, 24-hour absentee ballot drop boxes throughout the city ahead of the 2020 general election. 

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett highlighted the drop boxes at a news conference Thursday, Sept. 10, alongside Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg, and Milwaukee Public Library Director Joan R. Johnson. 

There will be ballot drop boxes at the 13 city libraries as well as the Milwaukee Election Commission warehouse on the city's south side.

All of the locations have security cameras, but city officials say more will be installed. 

Each ballot box can hold 1,000 ballots and they will be collected daily. You can confirm your ballot was received within 24 hours by going to

As the election gets closer, they will collect ballots twice a day, and on Election Day, it will be every hour. 

Election officials say they are taking many measures to make sure everyone's vote is safe and is counted. 

"We would make every effort to connect with voters if we are still able to tell who the voters were who dropped off that day. Otherwise we will take to the media as quickly as possible to make sure we get the message out to voters that if you had returned your ballot on this date, this location, please contact us. We can also reissue a ballot if a voter makes a mistake, if they lose it or if they are concerned that we didn’t receive it," said Woodall-Vogg.

Absentee ballots will be mailed out on Sept. 17. You have to drop your ballot off by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, or it has to be received by mail by the same time. 

Watch the entire news conference below: 

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