How to vote by absentee ballot
STATEWIDE - The Wisconsin Election Commission strongly recommends all state residents who wish to vote in the April 7 election to register to vote absentee. Those voters already registered need only request an absentee ballot, while those that are not registered must first become a registered voter.
Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse like being out of town in order to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. There are several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote in Wisconsin.
Before requesting an absentee ballot, electors need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent. The deadline to register to vote by mail has passed, however the online registration window has been extended, by federal court order, until March 30. Voters can still register to vote in person at their municipal clerk’s office until the Friday before the election and on election day at the polling place. Register to vote online at myvote.wi.gov.Registered voters can request an absentee ballot by mail, e-mail, online or by fax.
If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the absentee ballot application on Wisconsin Elections website elections.wi.gov or by contacting your municipal clerk. You can find your clerk at myvote.wi.gov by searching for your voter record or performing an address search.
The absentee ballot application must be received by the clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Electors will also need to provide a copy of acceptable photo ID with their application.
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 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
Voters who are indefinitely confined, or those that have difficulty 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.
A completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8 p.m. on election day to be counted. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before election day to arrive in time.
Electors can also vote absentee at your local municipal clerk's office. When applying for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, ballots are cast immediately, sealed in a proper envelope, and returned to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken out of the clerk's office. An acceptable photo ID is required when voting by 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.
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