CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – Local election season begins and residents of Eau Claire will have the opportunity to vote for the primary in a drive-thru starting this week.

Eau Claire voters will only see one race on their ballot: the primary for the school board. Seven names will appear on the ballot and voters will be asked to vote for up to three.

Carrie Riepl, City Clerk of Eau Claire, said more and more residents are choosing drive-thru to vote.

“I think it’s a convenient and safe way for voters who need to protect their health to come and vote by mail and not have to go to the polling station. And it’s also a permanent part of our budget. At this point,” Riepl said, “Going forward, we anticipate drive-thru will be part of the in-person absentee voting process.

There will be a forum on Monday, January 31 at 7 p.m. virtually and in person at Memorial High School for voters to get to know the candidates better. To watch the forum virtually Click here.

Drive-thru voting will take place at 203 S. Farwell Street, with drivers being asked to enter from Dewey Street. Voting will take place from Tuesday February 1 to February 4 and from Monday February 7 to Friday February 11. Each day, voting will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The postal ballot box is also open at the town hall.

If you prefer to vote on election day, the primary is February 15.

The race for city council will be on the ballots of Eau Claire in April.


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