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La Crosse County in need of more poll workers

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Over 16,000 absentee ballots are on their way to voters across La Crosse County.

With turnout expected to rise for this general election, polling locations still need workers to help process all of those ballots.

La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer told News 19 some municipalities are doing okay when it comes to staffing, but others, like the city of La Crosse, are in great need.

"With the massive amount of absentee voting processing that's going to have to be done, the more poll workers, the more people they'll have to get to that process throughout the day and not have to wait until the end of the night," said Dankmeyer.

Municipalities can require poll workers to wear a mask or face covering during the election, and precautions have already been put in place from the last election, like consistent cleaning of equipment and plexiglass.

Voters are encouraged to wear a mask but are not require to wear one.

If you would like to become a poll worker, contact your clerk in your local municipality. There is some training that you have to do ahead of time to ensure a safe and smooth election.

If sites are filled in your municipality, contact your county clerk.

Learn everything you need to know on how to vote here.

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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