Spoiling the ballot: Absentee voters still can change their minds for the August primaries

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — After two major Democratic candidates have dropped out of the U.S. Senate primary race, officials say early voters have time to change their vote.

If the ballot has already been cast for the Aug. 9 primary, voters can request municipal clerks to “spoil” their ballot.

No reason is necessary.

“We cancel it out of the WisVote system. So it doesn’t even go to the polls. We write on it ‘spoiled’ and put a small tear in it so we are certain that it does not go to the polls, it’s not counted,” said Nikki Elsen, the La Crosse city clerk.

A mail-in request to have a ballot spoiled must go through the La Crosse Clerk’s Office by Thursday.

The deadline to request to spoil a ballot in person has to be done by 5 p.m. Friday. That can be done at City hall.

Dates for other municipalities may vary.

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