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Voting by Absentee Ballot

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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:

  1. In-person absentee voting for the 2016 Spring Primary begins Monday, February 1st and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12th (no weekends). Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12th. (location to be determined)
  2. You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a request 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, February 11th. 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:

  1. Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot
  2. Submit a letter or email requesting an absentee ballot that includes the following information:
  • Name
  • 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 email.

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.

Download an application for absentee ballot voting.


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