VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
» The next regularly scheduled election in Wisconsin is the Spring Nonpartisan Election on February 20, 2018.
» Voters must be registered to vote (see VOTER REGISTRATION, below). You may register to vote at the polls on Election Day. More election registration deadlines.
» Voters who move within 10 days before the election must vote at the poll from their previous address (in person or by requesting an absentee ballot).
» Voters must present a voter photo ID. Be sure you have an eligible ID! More on Voter Photo ID.
» Voters must sign or make their mark on the poll book to obtain a ballot before voting. Voters who are unable to sign the poll book because of a disability are exempt from this requirement.
VOTING ABSENTEE BY MAIL
Request a mailed absentee ballot from your city, town, or village clerk in writing by mail, fax, or e-mail. Or online here.
- Your name.
- The address where you are registered to vote.
- The address where the ballot should be sent.
- Your signature
- A photocopy of an acceptable photo ID for voting (see VOTER PHOTO ID)
Absentee ballots are mailed 3 weeks before local (spring) elections and 47 days before national (fall) elections.
Elderly or disabled voters who have requested to be on the permanent absentee ballot list must vote in each election or they will be dropped from the absentee ballot rolls.
Upon receiving the absentee ballot:
- Complete it.
- Sign the certificate envelope in the presence of a witness.
- Have a witness sign the envelope and write their address.
- Seal the envelope.
- Mail the completed ballot so that it is received by the clerks office no later than Election Day.
- If you fail to follow the directions about signature and witness or if the ballot is received after Election Day, the ballot is not valid and cannot be counted.
"EARLY VOTING" - ABSENTEE VOTING IN YOUR CLERK'S OFFICE
FAQ (ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
Who can vote?
- You must be a United States citizen, age 18 or older by Election Day, and live at your current address for at least 10 days before the election.
- You must be registered to vote (see VOTER REGISTRATION, below).
- Former felons can vote if they have completed their sentence, including probation, parole, or extended supervision by the Department of Corrections (also called being “off paper”).
- You must have a valid voter photo ID to vote at the polling place and to obtain some absentee ballots (see VOTER PHOTO ID).
What if you don't have a photo ID acceptable for voting?
- If you are eligible to vote but do not have a valid voter photo ID, you may obtain a free Wisconsin ID card for voting (see VOTER PHOTO ID).
Where do you vote?
- Your polling place is determined by the municipality of your permanent residence. For example, your mailing address may be Madison, but your municipality may be the Town of Dunn.
- Search for your polling place online or call your municipal clerk.
- Students may vote from their family home address if that is their permanent residence, or from their school residence. See VOTING ABSENTEE BY MAIL (above) if away during an election.
- If you have lived at your current residence for less than 10 days, vote at your old address.
What if you can’t get to the polling place on Election Day? (See VOTING ABSENTEE BY MAIL, above)
- You do not need a reason for absentee voting.
- Request a mailed absentee ballot from your city, town, or village clerk in writing by mail, fax, or e-mail.
- Elderly and disabled individuals can request a permanent absentee ballot.
- You may vote early in person—at the clerk’s office or another site designated by the clerk. Dates and hours for early voting may vary, so check with your local clerk.
What if you are in the hospital? (See VOTING ABSENTEE BY MAIL, above)
- Each hospitalized voter can request a ballot (in writing), and the voter may appoint an agent to pick up the ballot from the hospitalized voter’s clerk’s office. Contact your local clerk. If you know you will be in the hospital, request a regular absentee ballot in advance.
How do you register to vote?
- You must present proof of residence to register to vote (see PROOF OF RESIDENCE, below).
- You must register again if you move.
- If you have been issued a WI driver’s license or WI DOT-issued ID that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If you have not been issued a WI driver’s license or WI DOT-issued ID, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.