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Voting an 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:

  1. You can vote an “in-person absentee” by casting your ballot at City Hall before the election. In-person absentee voting begins the third Monday before each election and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before each election. Contact the Election Commission before each election for location and hours.
  2. You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a request for an absentee ballot, 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 the Thursday before an election.  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


* Click the link for the My Vote Wisconsin site on the Election Commission’s main page if you would like to confirm your voter registration address.


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



In order to expedite the mailing of your ballot, you may submit your request by fax at (414) 286-8445 or email at


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.


 To obtain an application for absentee ballot voting, please click the link in the top right hand corner. 

Download forms below:


(Note) the above links may not work using Safary browsers.
Complete form and mail it to:
Board of Election Commissioners
200 E. Wells St.
Room 501
Milwaukee, WI  53202


Available in PDF format
Download a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the form.