Photo by Saiyna Bashir, The Capital Times

Requests to vote absentee have surged in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

WEC today said roughly 64,000 of the more than 173,000 total requests for an absentee ballot have come in since Friday. Around 39,000 of those requests came in yesterday.

The total number of absentee ballots requested already exceeds the number of absentee ballots cast in each of the last three spring elections but lags behind the total cast in 2016, when more than 249,000 voted absentee.

The deadline to register online or by mail for the spring election is tomorrow.

Those who miss the deadline can register in person at a municipal clerk’s office until April 3 or at the polls on election day.

The deadline for registered voters to request an absentee ballot is April 2.

See information about requesting an absentee ballot here.

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