Sample News Release for County and Municipal Clerks Encouraging Absentee Voting Due to COVID-19


Timely Attention Required



Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission


Reid Magney, Public Information Officer

To help county and municipal clerks communicate about the COVID-19 pandemic with local voters through the media, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has drafted a sample news release encouraging absentee voting for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.

Attached is a Word document that clerks are encouraged to customize and send to their local media outlets as soon as possible.  Clerks are also encouraged to post the customized news release on their websites. It is important to get the message out to anyone who is not currently registered because the deadline for open registration by mail or online is Wednesday, March 18.

This sample news release will be discussed during the three webinars scheduled for Monday, March 16.

In addition, the WEC is developing posts and graphics that clerks can share on their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. These should be available later on Monday.