When: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022; polls open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Find your voting location and what’s on your ballot at myvote.wi.
All absentee ballots must be requested by March 31st, 2022 and turned in no later than 8:00 p.m. on April 5th either by mail or dropped off in-person. In-Person absentee voting will start Tuesday, March 22nd and end Friday, April 1st. You can vote early Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you plan to vote by mail, voters are strongly encouraged to mail their ballots as soon as possible to ensure their ballot is received by the deadline.
Early voting is open March 22-April 1. Information can be found here.
This election includes the County Board, City Council, School Board, and Judgeship elections.
Eau Claire County Board: The County Board has 29 members, with each member representing around 3,645 people. Each member represents one of the 29 districts and serves a two year term. All 29 seats are up for election this spring.
Eau Claire City Council: There are 8 candidates running for the 5 at-large Eau Claire City Council seats this April. The Eau Claire City Council includes 11 members who each serve a three-year term, including 5 elected by district, 5 elected at large, and 1 elected City Council President. Each official elected by district represents about 13,509 people and the City Council President represents about 67,545 people (or the whole City of Eau Claire).
If you live in Altoona, the Mayor and three City Council seats are on the ballot, but are uncontested. Scroll down on this post for the list of candidates.
Eau Claire School Board: The Eau Claire School Board is composed of 7 members who are elected for a 3-year term. Of those members they select a President, Vice President, Clerk of Governance Officer, and a Treasurer. The terms for the School Board are staggered such that some of the seats are up for election each year. This year 3 seats are up for election, the top three candidates will fill these seats.
If you live in Altoona, there are three school board seats on the ballot, all uncontested. Scroll down on this post for more candidate informatin
Judges: Three Judgeships are up for election in the upcoming April 5th election for the Eau Claire area. This includes two county circuit seats and one appellate court seat. With the addition of the new court branch in March, two county circuit court judgeships are up for election this April. Circuit Court Justices are elected for 6 year terms. Incumbent Eau Claire Judge John Manydeeds is running unopposed for the Branch 1 seat. Manydeeds is a former attorney with the state’s public defender’s office for more than 30 years and has held this position since 2016. Additionally, Beverly Wickstrom is the sole person to seek the county’s newly created Branch 6 seat. Wickstrom is a partner at Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs and has practiced law in Eau Claire for 38 years. The Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court. The court is composed of 16 judges from four districts, with Eau Claire County in the third district. The judges are elected to six-year terms. This April, the 3rd District, Incumbent Judge Thomas Hruz will be unopposed.
Where do candidates stand on key business issues?
The Eau Claire Chamber does not endorse candidates, but provides voter education to help investors and the public make informed choices. Our Good Government Council provides questionnaires to candidates in contested races to provide them an opportunity to convey their thoughts on issues of importance to the business community. See the links below to access the answers provided by candidates:
Eau Claire County Board Candidate Questionnaires:
Eau Claire City Council Candidate Questionnaires:
Eau Claire School Board Candidate Questionnaires:
Altoona Mayor and City Council Candidates:
Altoona School Board Candidates:
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