With in-person absentee voting about to start in both West Allis and Greenfield, clerks offices in both communities are gearing up for busy weeks before the presidential election.
In West Allis, in-person voting starts Monday, Oct. 10, sooner than in a lot of communities.
"With the anticipated volume, we're starting Oct. 10. That allows two additional weeks to manage that volume," said City Clerk Monica Schultz. The city expects about 7,000 absentee voters, or roughly 500 more than it saw at the last presidential election, she said.
In-person absentee voting will run through Nov. 4. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the city hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., except for Oct. 25 and 27 when hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and for Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 when voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A lot of those voters also will also have to register. To be ready for that, the clerk's office has laid on about 30 extra workers. That's on top of the 90 additional workers to be at the polls on election day.
The 90 and 30 are about the same as four years ago, Schultz said.
Voters also can register by mail, by using the MyVote official Wisconsin website and at the polls on election day.
The story of hiring additional help for the anticipated onslaught of absentee voters and those registering is the same in Greenfield.
In-person absentee voting will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Oct. 24 through Nov. 4 at the Greenfield City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave. City Clerk Jennifer Goergen said she expects 7,000 absentee votes, whether in-person or mailed in, which is nearly a third of the 22,000 registered voters.
Although many new voters may had registered for the April presidential preference primary, "I'm staffing for the worst case scenario to accommodate crowds," Goergen said. That means adding about 50 full- and part-time registration officials, she said.
Goergen said she also is getting ready for 1,000 registrations at the polls, about average for a November election.