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Villages of Union Grove, Yorkville offering curbside absentee voting

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RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Villages of Union Grove and Yorkville residents can now vote absentee in-person through a drive-thru instead of inside the Union Grove Municipal Center.

“Due to COVID-19 we’ve moved it outside just to prevent the spread of COVID and preserve our site for Election Day,” Brad Calder, Union Grove Village Clerk, said.  

The curbside voting started Monday, March 23 and on the first day nearly 150 people cast their votes.

“I think it was awesome,” a Yorkville voter said from her car. “It was very convenient and I really appreciate the efforts of the folks that are out here making sure we can exercise our right to vote.”

The drive through will run for two weeks and will be open Monday-Friday 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Residents pull up in their car, poll worker comes up, checks the voters ID, registers the voter if needed, and then the resident is given a ballot. The voter never gets out of their car.

Riley Chizek, from Union Grove, came out Tuesday on her 18th birthday to vote for the first time.

“It was easy,” Chizek said. “Easier than I expected it to be.”

Calder said the poll workers were screened to make sure they were healthy.  They also have masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available for workers. They are also disinfecting the clipboards, pens,  and other materials handled by voters.

“My goal at the end of the day is to provide an opportunity for our residents cast their vote and be part of a democracy,” Calder said.

Registered Wisconsin voters can to vote absentee through the mail online.

The deadline is April 2. To see if you're registered to vote, CLICK HERE

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