Jackson Village Clerk Jilline Dobratz answers ballot questions ahead of the April 5, 2022 election

Village of Jackson, WI – Village of Jackson Clerk, Jilline Dobratzunderstands that election information is important to Washington County voters, especially with the April 5, 2022 spring election on the horizon.
Below is a 101 primer on mail-in ballots, voting in person, and tracking your ballot.
  • Mail-in ballots for the April 5, 2022 spring election go out March 15, 2022. People can continue to request mail-in ballots until March 31, 2022.
  • If you are submitting a completed absentee ballot application, you must include a copy of your photo ID with your form.
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  • Indefinite confinement: Voters who wish to vote by mail for each election must be confined indefinitely to do so. “Those who are on the indefinitely confined list or who have requested [it], their clerk sent a letter. It must be returned within a certain time. If the letter is never returned, then we can remove them from the confined list indefinitely because we haven’t heard from them,” Dobratz said. “Those who have fallen from indefinitely confined status to vote can still register again.”
  • If you have questions about whether you are confined indefinitely, you can contact your local municipality clerk or visit the My Vote at Home website (wi.gov)
  • In-person mail-in voting begins March 22, 2022 and ends at 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2022.
  • Can I come in and change my vote? “As long as it is still during this period of absence. You couldn’t come on Election Day and ask us to find your mail-in ballot,” Dobratz said.
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  • Jackson Village will cover school board races for the West Bend School District, Germantown School District and Slinger School District.

Drop boxes are a hot topic, and Dobratz said they won’t be allowed in the upcoming April election.

“Unless it goes back to court, the drop boxes cannot be used,” she said. “Also, people cannot return an absentee ballot for someone else to the clerk’s office. So even if you have a spouse or your parents or something like that, you can only return your own ballot now to the clerk’s office.

In the City of West Bend, there is a drop box attached to City Hall. Dobratz said “those drop boxes are not allowed.”

If a ballot is placed there by accident, Dobratz said the clerk will need to contact those people and mail the ballot back to them. “Ballots cannot be mailed or brought to the clerk’s office,” she said.

  • Absentee ballots that do not reach the Clerk’s Office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.
  • Check your vote on myvote.wi.gov

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Following a report released this month by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman regarding election integrity, some neighbors are asking how to check and see if their parents or grandparents voted, even if they are incapacitated in a nursing home.

Dobratz said special voting deputies were not allowed to enter any establishment in 2020, so those ballots were mailed out. she said. “The special voting deputies would be the ones doing the absenteeism process.”

Dobratz said a voter must be able to provide their name and address to vote. “All voting rules still apply,” she said. “So if they can’t provide their name and address, we wouldn’t even be able to give them a ballot.

“I couldn’t talk about what happened in 2020,” she said.

Jilline Dobratz has been the Town Clerk of Jackson for about four years. Dobratz also worked as an assistant clerk in the Village of Germantown, the Village of Fox Point, and the Village of Grafton.
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