VILLAGE OF MONTFORT
2020 SPRING ELECTION & PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
Hello voters! Did you know you have options to cast your ballot for the April 7, 2020 election (and every election).
For the safety of our Clerk and poll workers we are strongly encouraging voters to vote absentee.
If you know of an elderly person who may need help requesting a ballot or making a copy of their photo ID please reach out to them and offer to help. Photos of ID can be taken on your phone and emailed to the clerk at [email protected].
Absentee Voting – Here are some options to do vote absentee:
1. Request an absentee ballot online at www.myvote.wi.gov prior to April 2nd, and a ballot will be mailed to you.
2. Voters may also request a mailed ballot in writing to the Village Clerk but be sure to include a copy of your photo ID with your request. This works great for travelers; those who have a suppressed immune system; or voters who just can’t make it to Village Office during working hours.
3. Go to the Clerk’s office and absentee vote in person Monday – Thursday 8-4:30. Reminder bring your ID. In-person voting ends on Thursday, April 2rd at 4:30 pm so plan ahead.
Are you registered? You must be registered to vote in order to request an absentee ballot. If you have not registered yet you can do one of the following:
1. Register online at www.myvote.wi.gov by 11:59pm on March30th. Registering online requires that you already have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin state ID card. The address, name, date of birth, and driver license number you are using to register to vote must match the information that DMV has on file for you. If you need to update your address with DMV, you can do so online at wisconsindot.gov.
2. Fill out the attached registration form and provide a copy of your proof of residence from the list attached and return it to your Clerk’s office.
3. The last day to register to vote in the Clerk’s office is Thursday April 2nd.
Please note that all requests can be mailed or dropped off in the drop box.
As of today March 25th, the election scheduled for April 7th will still be held at the Fire Station.
I will do my best to keep the community informed as I hear of anything new. If you have questions or need assistance with any of your voting options, please contact us at Montfort Village Office (608) 943-6917.
State of Wisconsin sent this bulletin at 03/20/2020 10:00 PM CDT
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2020|
|Contact: [email protected] or 608-219-7443|
|Gov. Evers Announces Federal Approval of Disaster Loans for Small Businesses|
|MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans.
“This is very good news for Wisconsin businesses that have already suffered financial losses due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said. “With the SBA loans now available to our state, small businesses and their employees have a little more certainty over their financial futures. This is another step in providing much-needed assistance to Wisconsin’s small businesses.”
With unprecedented demand for the loans nationwide, processing of the applications may be delayed.
“We are encouraging business owners to reach out to SBA’s partners [mentioned below] and to SBA’s offices with their questions to help the loan application process go as smoothly as possible,” said Wisconsin’s SBA district director, Eric Ness.
Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, businesses and non-profits may qualify for up to $2 million in loans to cover losses resulting from the pandemic. The interest rate on the loans is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Participants may be able to extend payments for up to 30 years.
Businesses and non-profits can begin their loan applications at www.sba.gov/disaster. The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network and it partners are helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wisconsin SBDC, a resource partner of the SBA, has created a web page to help business owners understand the qualifications and application process. That web page is available here. Consultants across the network’s 13 locations are working remotely via phone, email and virtual tools to assist clients.
The Wisconsin SBA and its other SBA resource partners – including WWBIC, Western Wisconsin Women’s Business Center, SCORE and Veterans Business Outreach Center – are also working to assist their clients.
Additional business resources can be found on Wisconsin SBDC’s website https://wisconsinsbdc.org/covid-19/ and Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship’s website, www.business.wisconsin.edu/covid-19. The UW System is sharing updates regularly at www.wisconsin.edu/coronavirus.
As part of the application process, businesses will be asked to supply the following information:
TESTING ELECTRONIC VOTING EQUIPMENT
FOR THE APRIL 7, 2020 SPRING ELECTION
According to Wis. Stats. 5.84 (1) Testing Equipment, the electronic voting equipment must be tested at a public meeting. The ICE – ImageCast Evolution electronic voting system, which utilizes automatic tabulating equipment, will be tested on Monday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Village Office, 102 E. Park Street.
This test is open to the public.
Village of Montfort
Posted on: 03/24/2020 – Village Website, Community Building and Montfort Post Office
To The Residents of The Village of Montfort:
Never before in our lifetimes have we experienced an event like Covid-19. We hope that you are willingly complying with the recommendations of the Federal and State government because we feel that voluntary compliance in regard to social distancing and limiting our travel will be effective in slowing the spread of this virus and prevent overwhelming our medical system and endangering the lives of those most vulnerable. If we voluntarily comply, the government will not need to take more drastic measures.
At our last board meeting we discussed what we could do to help. Of course, Village Board members are not experts in this field and only wish to encourage you to listen to those who are. The Federal and State governments, along with the Health Departments throughout the nation are doing what they feel is the best course of action to battle this outbreak.
So, for our part, we would simply like to encourage you to be good neighbors. If there is an elderly neighbor, offer to bring them groceries and other necessities so that they do not need to leave their homes in the next few weeks.
Just as importantly is to try and help minimize the impact to our local businesses, especially the local restaurants and bars. Never in our lifetimes have we seen an order from the government ordering them to close their doors and the impacts to them and their employees who work there is going to be severe.
We, as a board, would like to recommend that you consider ordering a carryout from these businesses as often as you can during this time to help them keep the lights on and their employees employed. Every time there is a community event or fundraiser these businesses come through again and again to support their community and now is our chance to pay them back.
Also, we understand that some of these establishments have some excess food that they would rather not let go to waste and are willing to sell at their cost if you have found a shortage in the grocery aisles. Products such as cheese, eggs, lettuce and Chili are available at Tower Junction, for example.
The telephone numbers are: Tower Junction – 943-6061, Sheddy’s – 943-8711 and The Hollow – 943-6211. Please give them a call!
Please be considerate of others and be safe.
The Montfort Village Board
VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT
Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 10 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.
You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.
Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail, email or in person.
Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail
The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:
4:30 pm on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, April 2, 2020.
Note: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.
Voting an absentee ballot in person
You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.
Village of Montfort
102 E. Park St.
Montfort WI 53569
Mon-Thurs. 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:
Thursday, April 2, 2020
No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.
The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place before the polls close on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.
Montfort Water Department is requesting your help. They are looking for homes built around 1983 – 1984. They also need to know of any homes with lead water service lines. If your home qualifies for one or both please call the number below.
Thank you in advance for you help.
Montfort Water Department
Todd Griffiths and Rob Aide
NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT
Per the County, the Village of Montfort had to update our voting equipment. Our old machines were marked for an end date by 2023 and parts would no longer be available. The machine that the Village went with is updatable where the prior ones were not. I have attached a description of the new machine. You may also view a short video about the machine at this link: https://ccelections.com/products/election-equipment/ice. Below please see instructions for voting on the new machines.
IMAGECAST EVOLUTION (ICE) VOTING MACHINE INSTRUCTIONS
- Read ballot carefully before making selection. If you make a mistake you will need to get a new ballot from the Chief Inspector.
- Only use paper mate pen in booth for marking.
- Make clear mark in oval for your selection.
- Once ballot is marked, proceed to machine to insert your ballot.
If you need to register to vote, change your address or name please visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MyVoterInfo to register online. You may also stop at the Clerk’s office to fill out a paper registration form.
If anyone has any questions you may call the Village Clerk at 608-943-6917.