Absentee numbers appear to return to pre-COVID levels

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Spring Green resident Declan Daniel submits his first-ever ballot at the village of Spring Green polling location, the Spring Green Community Library, on April 6. Daniel said “It’s awesome to finally be part of a system that’s happened for hundreds of years, that people fought for.” As of Tuesday morning, Village Clerk Wendy Crary reported that 127 of the 167 absentee ballots requested have been returned. In Spring Green for the April 2020 election, 584 absentee ballots were returned, and for the November 2020 election, 639 absentee ballots were returned.
A poll worker at the Plain Village Hall takes notes on April 6. As of the morning of election day, Village Clerk Sheila Carver reported 19 out of 23 absentee ballots requested had been returned. This compared to the 207 returned for the Spring 2020 election, and 209 for the November election.
A village of Arena resident signs in to vote at the April 6, 2021 election. As of the morning of April 6, Village Clerk DaNean Naeger said there were 42 absentee ballots returned for Arena. Compared to 149 for the April 2020 election, and 188 for the November 2020 election.
Poll workers at the Lone Rock Village Hall keep tabs and check information for absentee ballots and in-person voting on April 6, 2021. Lone Rock Village Clerk Tammy Christiansen did not respond to inquiries by press time regarding absentee ballot numbers.