Voting by Absentee Ballot
Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you. A new voter registration application is required any time you move (even minor changes such as apartment units), change your name, or if you have not voted in the past four years.
Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
If you are a registered City of Milwaukee voter, you can download the Application for Absentee Ballot. Complete the form and mail it with a copy of your photo ID to: Election Commission, 200 E Wells St Room 501, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Your application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be sent to you. You are also required to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request. If you have not previously provided a copy of your photo ID or you have updated your voter registration since your last absentee request, you must provide a copy of your photo ID. More information about photo ID can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.
Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they have difficulty getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election. Indefinitely confined voters are not required to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. Voters who are indefinitely confined must check the statement certifying this in the middle of the absentee ballot application. More information on the exceptions to the photo ID law can be found at: http://bringit.wi.gov/are-there-exceptions-new-law
Military and overseas voters have additional options for absentee ballot delivery. Click here for military. Click here for overseas. Military and permanent overseas voters are not required to provide a photo ID with their request.
Request an Absentee Ballot by E-Mail or Fax
Voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax to 414-286-8445.
In your request, please include:
This request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be sent to you. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application. Please note: faxed photo IDs must be legible; we recommend lightening the ID on a copier before faxing it.
In-Person Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
You can also vote absentee before an election, ending at 5:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 5. You will be required to show your acceptable photo ID when voting by in-person absentee ballot.
In-person absentee voting for the 2016 Fall General Election begins Monday, Sept. 26 and ends on Saturday, Nov. 5 . The 2016 Fall General Election In-Person Absentee Voting schedule offers expanded locations, dates and hours for City of Milwaukee In-Person Absentee voters.
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.