Voting by Absentee Ballot
PLEASE NOTE THAT WISCONSIN LAW NOW REQUIRES THAT YOU SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR PHOTO ID TO US BEFORE WE CAN MAIL YOU AN ABSENTEE BALLOT.
If you have not previously provided a copy of your photo ID to us, a copy of your photo ID must accompany this application. (See Voter Information for a list of acceptable photo IDs) Absentee voters listed below are exempt from the photo ID requirement by the following means:
- Electors who are indefinitely confined, with the signature of a witness on the Absentee Certificate Envelope.
- Electors residing in care facilities served by Special Voting Deputies, with the signatures of both deputies on the envelope.
- Electors residing in care facilities not served by Special Voting Deputies, with the signature of an authorized representative of the care facility. If the elector is also indefinitely confined, the elector does not need a representative of the facility to sign.
- Military, Permanent Overseas and Confidential Electors—Exempt from the Photo ID requirement.
To receive an absentee ballot by mail, please complete the absentee application and submit as instructed below.
Wisconsin is a “no excuse” absentee voting state, meaning you can vote by absentee ballot for any election for any reason, including convenience.
There are two ways to vote an absentee ballot before any election:
- In-person absentee voting for the 2016 Partisan Primary begins Monday, July 25th and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5th (no weekends). Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5th in City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 501. Free voter parking available on Market Street.
- You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a request in writing for an absentee ballot and a ballot is mailed to you and you vote and mail back your absentee ballot in a postage-paid reply envelope. Requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4th. Absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received in the Election Commission office by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after any election, will be counted if all other absentee ballot requirements are met.
A qualified voter may choose to vote an absentee ballot for:
- One election
- An election cycle (Primary and Election)
- A full calendar year of elections (Spring and Fall election cycle)
- Permanently, if you certify that you are indefinitely confined and unable to leave your home
Qualifications to vote an absentee ballot
*You must be registered to vote at your current address before you can request or receive an absentee ballot. The qualifications to register to vote are as follows:
- A U.S. citizen
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day
- You have lived at your current address for at least 28 consecutive days before the election
- You are not currently serving probation, parole or extended supervision for a felony conviction
*Confirm your voter registration address online at the My Vote Wisconsin site.
Requesting an Absentee Ballot
There are two options for requesting an absentee ballot
- Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot
- Submit a letter or email requesting an absentee ballot that includes the following information:
- Residence Address
- Date of Birth
- Requested election date, election cycle or calendar year
NOTE: In order to expedite the mailing of your ballot, you may submit your request by fax at (414) 286-8445 or by email at email@example.com
Hospitalized Electors - Please call the Election Commission at (414) 286-3491 for further information.
Central Processing of Absentee Ballots
All absentee ballots are processed at a central location (1901 South Kinnickinnic Avenue) rather than the respective voting sites. A voter number is recorded on all absentee ballots during processing.
Click here for an Absentee Application.