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Madison voters need to mail in absentee ballots soon; drop off sites also an option
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Madison voters need to mail in absentee ballots soon; drop off sites also an option

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Duane Steinhauer waits for absentee ballot envelopes to be opened as he helps out with counting the votes at a Madison City Clerk office space in Madison April 13. Absentee ballots need to be received by the city clerk's office by August 11 to count in the upcoming primary. 

The Madison city clerk's office is encouraging voters to mail back their absentee ballots ahead of the August 11 primary "as soon as possible." 

Absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by election day otherwise they won't be counted. All absentee ballots are processed at the polls on election day. 

As of Thursday, the clerk's office had mailed out more than 68,500 absentee ballots and received nearly 21,000 back to be counted. 

For the nearly 48,000 Madison residents who have not sent back their absentee ballots yet, voters can still use the postage-paid envelope provided by the clerk's office to mail it in. 

But for those concerned their ballot might not make it to the clerk's office by August 11, there are other options. 

Voters can bring ballots to several drop-off sites located throughout the city. Poll workers will accept the absentee ballots and can serve as a witness, if needed. 

Ballots can also be dropped off at the city clerk's office, any drive-up or in-person absentee voting site in the city, or at the appropriate polling place on election day. Friends or neighbors can also drop off the ballot if it's sealed in its signed certificate envelope. 

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway encouraged residents to vote early if possible. 

"I strongly encourage everyone to vote, and to vote early if you’re able to," Rhodes-Conway said Thursday. 

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