Voting by "Absentee"

Registered voters who cannot go to their polling place on election day can vote by absentee ballot.

Voting in Person

You may complete an absentee ballot in person at your city, town or village clerk's office. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

Voting by Mail

You may go to the Wisconsin State Elections Board web site ( and access an absentee ballot or request an absentee ballot by mail. Mail a written request for an absentee ballot to your city, town or village clerk's office no later than the Friday before election day. The request must include:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your legal voting address
  3. Your ward or election district
  4. Your request for an absentee ballot
  5. The address where you want the absentee ballot sent
  6. Your signature

When you receive your ballot, follow all instructions carefully and mail it back so that the clerk's office receives it by election day.

Automatic Absentee Ballot

A voter can request to be mailed an automatic absentee ballot. This means that an absentee ballot will be mailed to the voter for every election automatically. The only voters who can request this option are those who can't get to the polls because of severe and continued physical illness, disability or infirmities of aging. The voter must sign a statement that requests an automatic absentee ballot due to one or more of these conditions. If a voter ever fails to vote using this option, the voter must renew the automatic absentee ballot application within 30 days of notification from the clerk. Otherwise the voter's name will be removed from the voting list.

Voting if You Are in the Hospital

If you are in the hospital, you may choose someone to hospitalpick up an absentee ballot from your polling place before 5 p.m. on election day. You must complete an absentee ballot application unless you are too disabled. The person who picks up the absentee ballot for you must bring the application, know you, live in the same city or town, show identification, and not be a candidate.

Voting if You Live in an Institution, Residential Facility, or Nursing Home

If you live in an institution, residential facility or licensed nursing home, you may use this as your legal voting address or you may choose to use your previous address.

Many institutions make plans with their city, town or village clerk's office to provide specific voting times for all registered or qualified voters. These voting times must be held no later than the Monday before election day.

Check with the office of the facility where you live to find out if voting times have been set up. If they have not been set up, you should contact your city, town or village clerk’s office and request an absentee ballot. (See previous information on voting by mail.)

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