The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting how local and state officials are handling the upcoming June primary election.  This year, voters are being encouraged to vote absentee in order to keep themselves and election workers safe.  The primary election is June 2nd, and the Madison City Commission and Madison Central School Board election will also be held in conjunction with that.    

This past week, the Secretary of State’s Office mailed out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. Lake County Auditor Bobbi Janke explains what voters in Lake County should do with those applications. 

Janke said that response has been strong so far from Lake County voters.  

Janke said that when voters fill out the absentee ballot application, they can indicate which election they want ballots for.  She said that by checking the ALL box on the application, they will receive all of the ballots that apply to them, which will also include the Madison City or Madison Central School Board election ballots for those who need those.  Janke said while the absentee ballots for all of the elections are being funneled through the County Auditor’s Office, the three entities – the county, the city, and the school district – are sharing resources to help out with the election.  She said that they are hoping to make the absentee process as easy as possible during this time. 

While absentee voting is encouraged for the June 2nd election, Janke said it isn’t the only option that voters have. 

Janke said that people wanting to vote absentee at the Auditor’s Office before Election Day will need to call 256-7600 or e-mail [email protected] to make an appointment to do so.  She said that she is also looking for anyone interested in helping out with the election.  Anyone who is interested should contact the Auditor’s Office.  

For more information or to check out what is on the June 2nd primary or Madison City or School Board election ballots, go to the 2020 Election Information page on