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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Early Voting and Preregistration Available at City Hall

Absentee and early voting began Monday, Sept. 24. You may vote at City Hall Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

You may also request to receive an absentee ballot via mail. Send your request to City of Columbus, City Clerk 105 N Dickason Blvd., Columbus, WI 53925. Include your name, address, and where you would like your ballot mailed. Requests via email should be made to or The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot is Thursday, Nov. 1. A photo ID is required with any request for a ballot.

Examples of acceptable forms of voter identification include a driver’s license, a United States passport, Veterans Affairs ID, uniformed services card, Tribal ID, State of Wisconsin ID, certificate of naturalization or a student ID card plus proof of enrollment.

If you are a current college student you may still register and vote absentee in Columbus. “I encourage college students to register where their parents live,” said Pat Goebel, Acting City Clerk. “It saves a lot of pain from having to reregister every election. Students generally change addresses every year.”

Absentee voting is available to anyone for any reason. You must be registered to vote in the City of Columbus to request an absentee ballot.  You can register at the same time you request to absentee vote.  You must provide acceptable proof of residence at the time they wish to register.

When asked what are the most common mistakes made at the polls Goebel responded, “Not having proper proof of residence. That’s the biggest thing.”

Acceptable proofs of residence include a Wisconsin driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, paycheck, hunting license, an affidavit from a homeless shelter, conceal carry license, residential lease, IRS check, student ID plus fee receipt or bank statement. Please be sure the proof of residence displays your current address.

After Oct. 17, anyone wishing to register must do so in the City Clerk's office Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., or November 2 8:00 to noon and 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Remember, you can register to vote and early/absentee vote at the same time with proper proof of residence and photo ID.

The City Clerk's office is offering two more registration drives for your convenience. Saturday, October 13 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Columbus Library, and Saturday, October 27 in the City Hall Council Chambers 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Goebel at 920-623-5900 or

The General Election is Nov. 6. The Senior Center, located at 125 North Dickason Blvd. serves as Columbus’ polling station. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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