[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Grand Chute as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-01]
Wisconsin State Statute § 7.52, abbreviated Wis. Stats., is hereby adopted in its entirety by reference, as amended or renumbered from time to time, including but not limited to the specific provisions set forth in detail under § 40-2 below.
Central canvassing of absentee ballots. Pursuant to §§ 7.52 and 7.53(2m), Wis. Stats., the Town Board of the Town of Grand Chute hereby creates a Municipal Board of Absentee Canvassers and authorizes the centralized counting of absentee ballots on election days, in accordance with all procedures prescribed by § 7.52.
The Municipal Board of Absentee Canvassers shall be composed of the Municipal Clerk, or a qualified elector of the municipality designated by the Clerk, and two other qualified electors of the municipality appointed by the Clerk for a term of two years, commencing on January 1 of each even-numbered year. The Clerk may appoint additional inspectors under § 7.52(1)(b), Wis. Stats., to assist the Municipal Board of Absentee Canvassers in canvassing absentee ballots under this section.
The Town of Grand Chute declares that, in lieu of canvassing absentee ballots at polling places under § 6.88, Wis. Stats., the Municipal Board of Absentee Canvassers shall canvass all absentee ballots at all elections held in the municipality, at Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 Grand Chute Boulevard, Appleton, WI 54913, or such other location designated by the Clerk and set forth in the notice of meeting under Subsection D below.
At every election held in the Town following enactment of this article, the Municipal Board of Absentee Canvassers shall, any time after the opening of the polls and before 10:00 p.m. on election day, publically convene to count the absentee ballots for the Town.
The Municipal Clerk shall give at least 48 hours' notice of any meeting of the Municipal Board of Absentee Canvassers under § 7.52(1)(a), Wis. Stats.
The Municipal Clerk, no later than the closing hour of the polls, shall post at his or her office and on the Town's website, and shall make available to any person upon request, a statement of the number of absentee ballots that the Clerk has mailed or transmitted to electors and those ballots that have been returned by the closing hour on election day. This posting shall not include the names or addresses of any electors.
The Municipal Board of Absentee Ballot Canvassers shall follow the remaining procedures prescribed under § 7.52, Wis. Stats.