Wisconsin Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Postmarked 20 days before the election. You may also register in person on Election Day.
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Delivered in person no later than Election Day or postmarked no later than Election Day and received by 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also download and complete the Wisconsin Voter Registration Form. Mail the completed form, along with your proof of residence, to your Municipal Clerk.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

Apply for an absentee ballot:

Good news!  Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in Wisconsin.

Download and complete Wisconsin's Application for an Absentee Ballot. Mail, email, or fax the completed application to your Municipal Clerk.  Your request must be received by the clerk no later than 5pm on the Thursday before the election.

NOTE: If you apply for an absentee ballot in person at your municipal clerk's office, you must vote immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff.  No ballots may be taken from the clerk's office.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Complete your absentee ballot and sign where indicated. A witness must watch you complete your ballot, though the witness should not see how you have voted.  Once completed, place your ballot in the certification envelope provided to you with your ballot.  You and your witness must both sign the certification envelope.  The witness must be a US citizen and at least 18 years of age who is not a candidate for office; they must provide their address. Mail your completed ballot to your Municipal Clerk. The municipal clerk must receive your completed ballot by 8pm on election day.

Additional Information

State Election Website:


Email: http://elections.state.wi.us/contact.asp
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have voting-related questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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