Voting by Absentee Ballot
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:
- You can vote “in-person absentee” by casting your ballot at the Zeidler Municipal Building located at 841 N. Broadway before the election. In-person absentee voting begins Monday, October 20th and ends at 7:00 p.m. on October 31st (no weekends). Registered voters, please enter on Market Street, voters needing to register, please enter on Broadway. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a request for an absentee ballot, along with a copy of your Voter ID* 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, October 30th. 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
- You have attached a copy of your Voter ID* to your application
*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 (both must include a copy of your Voter ID*):
- 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
- Attach a copy of your Voter ID* to the application
NOTE: In order to expedite the mailing of your ballot, you may submit your request and copy of your Voter ID* by fax at (414) 286-8445 or email.
*Acceptable photo identifications
The following photo IDs are acceptable, whether unexpired or even expired as long as the ID expired AFTER the date of the most recent general election (currently, if expired after the 11/6/2012 general election):
- A Wisconsin Driver’s License, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- A Wisconsin Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (available for free)
- A Military ID card issued by a U.S. Uniformed Service
- A U.S. Passport
The following photo IDs are acceptable only if unexpired:
- A Wisconsin Driver’s License receipt or Wisconsin Identification Card receipt issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (valid for 45 days).
- A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains all of the following information: the date of issuance; the signature of the student; the expiration date no later than 2 years after date of issuance; and it must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.
Hospitalized Electors - Please call the Election Commission at 286-3491 for further information.
Central Processing of Absentee Ballots
All absentee ballots are processed at a central location (4300 North Richards Street) rather than the respective voting sites. A voter number is recorded on all absentee ballots during processing.