Elections

Election Administration

The City Clerk administers all aspects of the electoral and voting process in the City of River Falls, and is charged with ensuring the electoral process is fair, accurate, impartial, and conducted in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

A reminder to all our residents: The City Clerk’s Office does not mail voter registration or absentee voting applications unless requested. You may receive various mailings from groups mass mailing applications. Many times the applications are not current or do not contain all the necessary requirements.

Election Dates

Spring Primary Election *February 20, 2024     
Spring ElectionApril 2, 2024
Partisan PrimaryAugust 13, 2024
General ElectionNovember 5, 2024

*The only item on the February 20, 2024, ballot is the River Falls School District Referendum. For results, visit the school district's webpage.*

February 20, 2024, Election Results 

Absentee Ballots Issued:  719

Absentee Ballots Returned: 590

Absentee Ballots Outstanding: 128

Provisional Ballots: 0

Voting Absentee - Qualifications

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S citizen who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and who has resided in the City of River Falls for at least 28 days before the election. The elector must be registered with the City of River Falls to receive an absentee ballot and provide an acceptable form of Photo ID.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

In order to obtain an absentee ballot, you must make a request in writing by following one of the methods listed below.

Mail - You may download an application for Absentee Ballot here. Complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office with a copy of your photo ID, if not previously provided.

City of River Falls
Attention: City Clerk
222 Lewis Street
River Falls, WI 54022

The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

E-Mail - You may download an application for Absentee Ballot here

Email the application to elections@rfcity.org along with a copy of the photo ID, if not previously provided. The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

Making a request via MyVote Wisconsin

You may apply for an absentee ballot through My Vote Wisconsin by using the following link: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee.

Spring Primary Election In-Person Absentee Voting in the Clerk's Office runs February 6 - February 16

Voters can in-person absentee vote at the City Clerk's Office, 222 Lewis Street, February 6 - February 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and February 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Deadline for Returning Absentee Ballots

Ballots that have been mailed to voters include a postage paid return envelope. Ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Any ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.

Ways to Return Your Absentee Ballot

Ways Voters can return their absentee ballots include:

  • In Person - absentee ballots will be accepted at City Hall during normal business hours. You can personally hand your ballot to City staff. Your ballot will be kept in a secured location until it is counted on election day. 
  • By mail - you can also return your ballot by mail. To ensure your ballot will be counted on election day, you need to mail it as soon as possible after it is received. At a minimum, please mail your ballot at least 7-10 days in advance of the election. Remember if your ballot is not received by 8 p.m. on Election Day, it will not be counted.

Please note: the City of River Falls processes all absentee ballots received at a Central Count Location. Absentee ballots are NOT accepted at polling locations.

Central Count

The Municipal Board of Absentee Ballot Canvassers will meet at 8:00am on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 in the Training Room, City of River Falls, 222 Lewis Street, River Falls, WI. 

The purpose of the meeting is to tally all absentee ballots issued for the February Spring Primary Election. The meeting is open to the public.

Notice of Absentee Voting with Special Voting Deputies

As per State Statute 6.875(4)(6), this information serves as notice that Special Deputies will be administrating absentee voting for the residents of Well Haven, Kinni Health & Rehab, The Sycamore and Comforts of Home on various dates.

Absentee Voting in Residential Care Facilities

The Special Voting Deputies of the City of River Falls will be administering absentee voting for the following facilities for the SPRING PRIMARY ELECTION being held on FEBRUARY 20, 2024. 

PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING SCHEDULED RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES VOTING

Location
Date
Time
Kinni Health & Rehab
1663 E. Division St
Wednesday, February 7
Thursday. February 8
9:00am - 10:30am
9:00am - 10:30am
Comforts of Home
2348 Aurora Cir
Wednesday, February 7
Thursday. February 8
10:00am - 12:00pm
10:00am - 12:00pm
Well Haven
119 Union St
 Wednesday, February 7
Thursday. February 8
11:00am - 12:30pm
11:00am - 12:30pm
The Sycamore
745 Sycamore St
Wednesday, February 7
Thursday. February 8
1:00pm - 3:00pm
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Regularly Scheduled Elections


Spring Primary

Primary held on the third Tuesday in February to nominate non-partisan candidates to be voted for at the Spring Election.
State Statute 5.02(22)

Spring Election

Election held on the first Tuesday in April to elect judicial, educational, and municipal officers, and non-partisan county officers, and to express preferences for the person to be the presidential candidate for each party in presidential election years.
State Statute 5.02(21)

Fall Primary

Primary held in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in August, to nominate candidates to be voted for at the General Election, and to determine which candidates for state offices other than district attorney may participate in the Wisconsin election campaign fund.
State Statute 5.02(12s)

General Election

Election held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November to elect United States senators, representatives to congress, presidential electors, state senators, representatives to the assembly, district attorneys, state officers other than the state superintendent and judicial officers, and county officers other than supervisors and county executives.
State Statute 5.02(5)                                                                                                                    

Polling Locations

  • District 1, Ward 1-5 – River Falls Library, Lower Level Meeting Room
  • District 2, Wards 10-13 – UWRF, Falcon Center
  • District 3, Wards 6-9 – River Falls City Hall, Lower Level 
  • District 4, Wards 14-18 – River Falls High School, Media Center

A map of the districts and wards can be found here.