It is necessary for the electors of the town to meet to consider whether and on what conditions to authorize the sale of Town property to the Department of Transportation (DOT) in connection with the Highway 69 reconstruction project. If sale is not authorized, the DOT would be expected to bring condemnation proceedings against the property. A special electors’ meeting has been scheduled for April 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to consider this matter, and the regular town board meeting date changed to April 15 just after that meeting.
Applications for absentee ballots are on the front door of the town hall. If you are a registered voter and do not want to do in person absentee voting, please take one. When you have completed it, please put it through the slot in the office door on the side of the building together with a photocopy of your driver’s license. An absentee ballot will be mailed to you. This has to be done no later than Thrusday, April 2 at 5 p.m.; sooner is better because ballots must be back by the end of the election – Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Please let any non-computer using neighbor know that they can do this without having to go to myvote.wi.gov.
We are doing very well on absentee voting. So far, out of 766 registered voters, 186 have either voted in person absentee, or have completed applications for absentee ballots. That’s almost 25%!
The Town Hall is now open for in person absentee voting every weekday from now (March 24) through Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. And, of course, you can make your request for an absentee ballot any time of the day or night through Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m., by visiting myvote.wi.gov and following the simple instructions. Finally, you can still register either on line at myvote.wi.gov or at the town hall through Monday, March 30. If you haven’t registered by then, you will need to come in person to the polls on election day, Tuesday, April 7.
The Montrose Town Hall will be open for in person absentee voting from 10 a.m. until noon and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. all weekdays starting Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 3, EXCEPT for Wednesday, April 1. Requests to vote curbside can easily be accomodated. Please let your neighbors know!
And you can apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed OR E-MAILED, until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. Because the ballots have to be back to the town hall by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, Election Day, apply sooner rather than later. Again, please encourage your neighbors to vote absentee!
The Town Hall will be observing social distancing protocols during all forms of voting.
In person absentee voting (including curbside voting) – just call or text the town’s number (608-424-3848) to make an appointment or to check to see if the clerk is in. This is pretty simple procedure, if you are registered. Bring your proof of ID (in most cases, your driver’s license) with you, and vote in the office or the parking lot, as you wish. Your ballot will be kept and counted with the other absentee votes on election day. Last day for in person voting is the Friday before the election, April 3, 2020. Make sure to check ahead of time – this office is not open regular hours, but the clerk will always have the phone.
Getting an absentee ballot mailed. Go on to myvote.wi.gov and request one. If you are registered, you can do this up until 5 days before the election. It would be better to request sooner rather than later – if the ballot is not returned by 8 p.m. on election day it will not be counted.
There are two referendum questions on the April 7, 2020 ballot. The Town is seeking to allow the Town Board to appoint the town clerk and the town treasurer, instead of those positions remaining elective. The reason for this request is that to be elected to either office, a person must be a resident of the town. In our small township (a hair less than 1100 people), it can be difficult to find anyone willing to serve. The current clerk is a town resident appointed on an interim basis after no one ran for the office in 2019. The appointed clerk and treasurer would have the similar protections of their independence as elected clerks and treasurers – their compensation could not be reduced during their terms of office, their terms of office have to be at least 2 years (no more than 3 years), and they cannot be fired without cause. If the appointment process is not satisfactory, the town can return to the elective system.
The town board feels that allowing the appointment of these two officers will make it less likely that a crisis situation will develop in the future, should there be no town resident willing to take on one of these offices.
The statute reads as follows: