Absentee Voting

The next election is November 3 - the Presidential Election. Information for voting absentee can be found below.

Absentee Voting Qualifications

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S citizen who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and who has resided in the City of River Falls for at least 28 days before the election. The elector must be registered with the City of River Falls to receive an absentee ballot and provide an acceptable form of Photo ID.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

In order to obtain an absentee ballot, you must make a request in writing by following one of the methods listed below.

Mail

You may download an Application for Absentee Ballot here. Complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office with a copy of your photo ID, if not previously provided.

City of River Falls
Attention: City Clerk
222 Lewis Street
River Falls, WI 54022

The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

E-Mail

You may download an Application for Absentee Ballot here. Complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office with a copy of your photo ID, if not previously provided.

Email the application to elections@rfcity.org

The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

Making a request via MyVote Wisconsin

You may apply for an absentee ballot through My Vote Wisconsin by using the following link: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee.

In-Person Absentee Voting in the Clerk’s Office runs October 20-30

Voters can in-person absentee vote at the city clerk’s office, 222 Lewis Street, Oct. 20-30. Tuesday October 20th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other days the schedule is Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will also be open on Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Deadline for Returning Absentee Ballots

Ballots that have been mailed to voters include a postage paid return envelope. Ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Any ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.

Ways to Return Your Absentee Ballot

Voters can return their absentee ballots one of three ways:

  • In Person - absentee ballots are accepted at City Hall during normal business hours. You can personally hand your ballot to City staff. Your ballot will be kept in a secured location until it is counted on election day.
  • Drop boxes at City Hall - there are two drop boxes at City Hall. There is an outdoor drop box located in the upper parking lot which is accessible at all times. There is also a drop box located inside that is available during normal business hours. Both drop boxes are secured. City Clerk staff will collect your ballot and place it in a secured location until it is counted on election day.
  • By mail - you can also return your ballot by mail. To ensure your ballot will be counted on election day, you need to mail it as soon as possible after it is received. At a minimum, please mail your ballot at least 7-10 days in advance of the election. Remember if your ballot is not received by 8 p.m. on November 3, it will not be counted.

Please note: the City of River Falls processes all absentee ballots received at a Central Count Location. Absentee ballots are NOT accepted at polling locations.

Notice of Absentee Voting with Special Voting Deputies

As per State Statute 6.875(4)(6), this information serves as notice that Special Deputies will be administrating absentee voting for the residents of Well Haven, Kinni Health & Rehab, and Comforts of Home on various dates. Visit this link for details