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:
- 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)
- 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:
- 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 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.