More than 1.3 million Wisconsin voters have cast absentee ballots as of Monday, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
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With Election Day just days away, voters are being urged to deposit their absentee ballots in one of the over 500 secure drop boxes across the state. Ballots deposited in these boxes go directly to election officials without risk of delay.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that only ballots received by Election Day, Nov. 3, will be counted. The Wisconsin Elections Commission lists several reasons why voters might choose to vote using a drop box, including, “lack of trust in the postal process, fear that their ballot could be tampered with, or concern that their information will be exposed.” 

Most municipalities require ballots be deposited by Nov. 3, but some have earlier deadlines or specific restrictions. Search for a drop box in your community here:

If voters miss the deadline to deposit their ballot in a particular drop box, clerks are advised to display instructions on alternate ways they can submit their ballots.

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Nora Eckert joined the Center in October 2020 as a reporter for Wisconsin Watch’s Votebeat project — a pop-up nonprofit newsroom covering local election administration and voting in six states, created by Chalkbeat. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. She previously worked with NPR, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. She’s reported on national investigations into jail suicides, how climate change disproportionately affects the urban poor, the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes and the race for artificial blood. While reporting in Washington, she covered the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump and funeral of Rep. Elijah Cummings. Before diving into the journalism world, she worked as a marketing and communications specialist at a Minnesota biotech company.