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Voting in Wisconsin

The most basic way to participate in our democracy is to vote. Be a prepared voter. Learn about your candidates, register to vote or request an absentee ballot, and mark your calendar for upcoming elections. Below you will find important dates, deadlines, key contact information, and more.

Upcoming Elections

Primary Election

Aug 14The Wisconsin Primary election was Tuesday, August 14, 2018

General Election

Nov 6The Wisconsin General election was Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Important Voter Information

State Election Contacts and Information

Here is a summary of important election contacts and information in the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Election Website
Open the Election Website
Wisconsin Election Contact Phone
608-266-8005
Wisconsin Polling Place Locator
Open the Polling Place Locator
Wisconsin Polling Places Open
7:00 a.m. Local Time
Wisconsin Polling Places Close
8:00 p.m. Local Time

Here is a summary of information about voting by mail in the state of Wisconsin.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

The deadlines for voting by mail depend on the election.

Upcoming Elections

Here is a summary of information about voting by fax in the state of Wisconsin.

Vote by Fax Deadlines

The deadlines for voting by fax depend on the election.

Upcoming Elections

Absentee Ballot Information

Here is a summary of key absentee ballot information in the state of Wisconsin. More information can be found on the state's absentee ballot webpage.



Instructions
Any qualified elector (U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 10 days) who registers to vote is eligible to request an absentee ballot. Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.

Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application For Absentee Ballot (EL-121). Just complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office. You can find your clerk at MyVote WI: myvote.wi.gov by searching for your voter record or performing an address search. You can also find your clerk by searching through the list of all Wisconsin municipal clerks. Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. More information about photo ID can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.

If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.

Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they have a difficult time getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request that a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election. Indefinitely confined voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. If you or someone you know are indefinitely confined you will make this designation in box 6 of the Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121). More information on the exceptions to the photo ID law can be found at: http://bringit.wi.gov/are-there-exceptions-new-law

Military and Overseas voters have additional options for absentee ballot delivery. Click here for Military. Click here for Overseas. Military and permanent overseas voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their request.

Request an Absentee Ballot by E-Mail, Online, or Fax
Regular Wisconsin voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. Registered voters may also use www.myvote.wi.gov to request their absentee ballot by clicking "Vote Absentee." This request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application. More information about the photo ID requirement can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.
STRONG>Instructions for Completing Absentee Ballot
You can find detailed instructions for completing your absentee ballot here: Uniform Instructions for Absentee Voters.

Deadlines for Returning Your Absentee Ballot Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.
In-Person Absentee Voting at your Municipal Clerk's Office (Early Voting)
You can also vote absentee at your local municipal clerk's office. If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk's office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken out of the clerk's office.

You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot. More information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.

When can I Vote an In-Person Absentee Ballot?
Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality. To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your municipal clerk.

The deadlines for applications to receive absentee ballots and absentee ballots themselves vary by election.

Upcoming Elections

Early Voting Information

Here is a summary of key early voting information in the state of Wisconsin. More information can be found on the state's early voting webpage.

Instructions
You can also vote absentee at your local municipal clerk's office. In-person absentee voting (also known as early voting) runs on weekdays for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election. Early voting is no longer permitted on weekends.

If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, vote your ballot immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken from the clerk's office.

The deadlines for early voting vary by election.

Upcoming Elections

Military and Overseas Voting

Voting help for uniformed service members, their families, and citizens living outside the U.S. can be found at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.