MARINETTE – In the face of the public health emergency as well as the recent emergency order declared by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, the City of Marinette encourages its citizens to vote absentee for the April 7 spring and presidential preference primary.

Emergency Order No. 5, which prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people, was issued Tuesday as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“Polls will be open in the City of Marinette for those who need them on Election Day, but most voters should vote absentee for this election,” said Lana Bero, city clerk, in a press release. “For that to happen, you should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible.”

It is now past the Wednesday deadline to register to vote online or through the mail, however, the state of Wisconsin allows voters to register in person before or on Election Day. Anyone whose name or address has changed since the last election, must register to vote with their current information. Citizens may check their registration status at myvote.wi.gov.

If you are registered but cannot find yourself on the website, contact the clerk or Wisconsin Elections Commission. This error may be caused by a typo in the spelling of your name or your the date of birth. Voters who cannot find themselves on MyVote should call the municipal clerk’s office.

Voters may pick up absentee ballots at the City of Marinette clerk’s office, 1905 Hall Ave.

Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday and April 1 and 2, the clerk’s office will have extended hours until 6 p.m. On April 3, it will remain open until 5 p.m. for absentee voting.

The clerk’s office, or polling place, must receive filled-out absentee ballots by 8 p.m. on Election Day.