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.
Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application For Absentee Ballot (GAB-121). Just complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office. You can find your clerk at MyVote WI: myvote.wi.gov by searching for your voter record or performing an address search. You can also find your clerk by searching through the list of all Wisconsin municipal clerks. Your application must be received by the clerk 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 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, photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. More information about photo ID can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.
Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they have a difficult time getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request that a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election. Indefinitely confined voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. If you or someone you know are Indefinitely confined you will make this designation in box 6 of the Application for Absentee Ballot (GAB-121). 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 do not need to provide a photo ID with their request.
Request an Absentee Ballot by E-Mail or Fax
Regular Wisconsin voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. 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. More information about the photo ID requirement at www.bringit.wi.gov.
Options and Deadlines for Returning Your Absentee Ballot
- U.S. Postal Service: Starting in November 2016, your completed absentee ballot must be returned to your municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. This is a change from previous elections. The U.S Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.
- Other Delivery (FedEx, hand-delivery, etc.): Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.
In-Person Absentee Voting at your Municipal Clerk's Office (Early Voting)
You can also vote absentee at your local municipal clerk's office. Contact your municipal clerk for the in-person absentee dates and hours for your municipality. To find out who your municipal clerk is, you can search for your clerk on the MyVote Wisconsin website.
You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot. More information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov
In-Person (Early) Voting Period
|Spring Primary||February 16, 2016||February 1 to 12|
|Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote||April 5, 2016||March 21 to April 1|
|Partisan Primary||August 9, 2016||July 25 to August 5|
|Fall General Election||November 8, 2016||October 24 to November 4|
Please check with your municipal clerk for office hours.
You can find your clerk at MyVote WI: myvote.wi.gov by searching for your voter record or performing an address search. You can also find your clerk by searching through the list of all Wisconsin municipal clerks.
If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, vote your ballot 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.
Remember, you can only vote once!
Please note: In 2011 the Legislature passed Act 227, which prohibits a voter who has returned a completed absentee ballot from voting at the polling place on Election Day. Previously, voters who cast an absentee ballot and changed their minds could go to the polling place and vote on Election Day, and their absentee ballot would not be counted. This is no longer an option.
Instructions for Completing Absentee Ballot
You can find detailed instructions here: Uniform Instructions for Absentee Voters.
If you do not know who your clerk is, or where the clerk's office is located, please use MyVote WI: myvote.wi.gov.