Mayor Mike Wiza announced today that the City of Stevens Point has installed the first of two planned Absentee Ballot drop boxes at City Hall. The box is located in front of City Hall on Strongs Ave.
The box was purchased for just under $2030 each and city employee Ken Rozek installed it this morning. The box is located in front of City Hall on Strongs Avenue directly across from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office.
“We ordered the box a while ago, but shipping has been slow. We are happy that we can offer safe options for our voters”, said Mayor Wiza. “Safe and secure options hopefully will encourage more people to participate in our elections. Making the voting process as simple as possible is something we continually strive for.”
The box will be emptied multiple times per day and is under 24-hour camera surveillance. A second box will be installed on campus near the Dreyfus University Center and that box is expected to arrive this week. UWSP’s Student Government Association supplied most of the funds for the second box and the city staff will install that one as well. The same retrieval process and 24-hour camera surveillance will be in place on campus and the box will be available for all Stevens Point voters.
Mayor Wiza added “With today being National Voter Registration Day it was a nice coincidence that we were able to get this installed today. It’s already seen quite a bit of use.”
These drop boxes are specifically for Stevens Point residents to drop their official absentee ballots. Absentee ballots can be requested online at myvote.wi.gov, through the City website stevenspoint.com or through the City Clerk’s Office.
Any questions can be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 715-346-1569
Photo of City Clerk Kari Yenter and Mayor Mike Wiza