Voting by Absentee Ballot
Request an 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 registered voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one.
Don’t wait--send your request as soon as possible.
Options for requesting an absentee ballot:
- Watch the following video from the April 2020 election to see how to upload your photo ID.
- At your municipal clerk’s office.
- In-person, by email or phone.
- By mail.
- You can download the Application For Absentee Ballot.
- You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, it must accompany your first application by mail.
- Absentee ballot request forms in Spanish and Hmong are available here.
Request an ongoing absentee ballot--either online or with the printed form --if you are indefinitely confined. You do not need to provide a photo ID with this kind of request.
- Your municipal clerk will send your absentee ballot by mail. You can track the progress of your ballot online here.
- Be sure to carefully follow the directions that come with your ballot. Watch this video on completing an absentee ballot.
- And check Vote411 for information about your candidates’ background and positions before you vote.
- You will need a witness to sign and put their address on the envelope of your ballot attesting to your having filled the ballot out yourself. Again, be sure that you are following directions.
The ballot can be rejected if the envelope is not correctly filled out. If you need help finding a witness, call our Voter Helpline number 608-285-2141.
If time is sufficient, your clerk may contact you to remedy any problems with your completion of the envelope holding your ballot. Return your ballot as soon as possible.
- When your ballot is completed, witnessed, and sealed in its envelope, return it to your municipal clerk.
- Drop it in an official secure drop box in your municipality.
- Walk it into your municipal clerk’s office.
- Mail it in. We recommend mailing your ballot in by February 2.
- Be sure to leave sufficient time for your ballot to arrive. Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also deliver your ballot in person to your polling place on Election Day.
- Track your ballot here.