Elections

Election Administration

The City Clerk administers all aspects of the electoral and voting process in the City of River Falls, and is charged with ensuring the electoral process is fair, accurate, impartial, and conducted in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

A reminder to all our residents: The City Clerk’s Office does not mail voter registration or absentee voting applications unless requested. You may receive various mailings from groups mass mailing applications. Many times the applications are not current or do not contain all the necessary requirements.

November 3 Presidential Election

  • The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
  • Voters can vote in person at the polls or by absentee ballot (to learn more about absentee voting, read below)
  • For the safety of voters and election staff, polling places will be following Covid-19 protocols including sanitizing and requiring the use of face coverings
  • Find your polling location here
  • Looking for information or answers to questions? Visit "My Vote Wisconsin," the State of Wisconsin's voter resource page at https://myvote.wi.gov/

Voting Absentee - Qualifications

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 and who has resided in the City of River Falls for at least 28 days before the election. The elector must be registered with the City of River Falls to receive an absentee ballot and provide an acceptable form of Photo ID.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

In order to obtain an absentee ballot, you must make a request in writing by following one of the methods listed below.

Mail - You may download an application for Absentee Ballot here. Complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office with a copy of your photo ID, if not previously provided.

City of River Falls
Attention: City Clerk
222 Lewis Street
River Falls, WI 54022

The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

E-Mail - You may download an application for Absentee Ballot here. Complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office with a copy of your photo ID, if not previously provided.

Email the application to elections@rfcity.org. The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

Making a request via MyVote Wisconsin - You may apply for an absentee ballot through My Vote Wisconsin by using the following link: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee

In-Person Absentee Voting in the Clerk’s Office runs October 20-30

Voters can in-person absentee vote at the City Clerk’s Office, 222 Lewis Street, October 20-30. Tuesday October 20 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other days schedule is Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will also be open on Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Deadline for Returning Absentee Ballots

Ballots that have been mailed to voters include a postage paid return envelope. Ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Any ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.

Ways to Return Your Absentee Ballot

Voters can return their absentee ballots one of three ways:

  • In Person - absentee ballots are accepted at City Hall during normal business hours. You can personally hand your ballot to City staff. Your ballot will be kept in a secured location until it is counted on election day.
  • Drop boxes at City Hall - there are two drop boxes at City Hall. There is an outdoor drop box located in the upper parking lot which is accessible at all times. There is also a drop box located inside that is available during normal business hours. Both drop boxes are secured. City Clerk staff will collect your ballot and place it in a secured location until it is counted on election day.
  • By mail - you can also return your ballot by mail. To ensure your ballot will be counted on election day, you need to mail it as soon as possible after it is received. At a minimum, please mail your ballot at least 7-10 days in advance of the election. Remember if your ballot is not received by 8 p.m. on November 3, it will not be counted.

Please note: the City of River Falls processes all absentee ballots received at a Central Count Location. Absentee ballots are NOT accepted at polling locations. 

Results for the Presidential Election - November 3, 2020

The results for the General Election for St. Croix County residents can be found on St. Croix County’s website here.

The results for the General Election for Pierce County residents can be found on Pierce County’s website here.

The Number of Absentee Ballots Issued, Returned and Outstanding by Close of Polls on Election Day will be posted here by no later than 10 pm., on Election Day:

Absentee Ballots Issued: 5266

Absentee Ballots Returned: 5120

Absentee Ballots Outstanding: 147

Absentee Voting in Residential Care Facilities  *Due to COVID-19 Special Voting Deputies will not be visiting Care Facilities. Instead these voter will be mailed ballots.

PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING SCHEDULED RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES VOTING

Location
Date
Time
Kinni Health & Rehab
1663 E Division St


Well Haven
119 Union St


Comforts of Home
2348 Aurora Cir