(Juneau) With more communities encouraging citizens to vote early because of the coronavirus pandemic, request for absentee ballots have increased. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson asks residents to be patient, she says there are hundreds and hundreds of voters requesting absentee ballots from their local municipality. Gibson is also reminding residents that the absentee ballot envelope must be signed by the voter, viewed by a witness who must also give their address for the vote to be counted. She says absentee voting can be done in person at your local municipal office or an individual can request an absentee through the mail, email or by the www.myvote.wi.gov. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is the Thursday before the election (April 2nd).