Absentee ballot requests soar in face of coronavirus


April 1, 2020

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Debbie Hohner, Mercer town clerk, takes a brief moment away from entering absentee ballot requests into the system.


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With the threat of the coronavirus looming everywhere, a record number of voters in Iron County, Wisconsin, are choosing to vote absentee in this year's presidential primary and many local officials are encouraging it.

"We are definitely promoting it," said Mercer Town Clerk Debbie Hohner. "We were trying to find the best way to promote the idea of absentee ballots, so our deputy clerk, Beth Wetzir, actually created a Facebook page for us.

Hohner said voting absentee is new for a lot of people. "We're just trying to make it as easy as possible for...

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