If you think there is even a slight chance you won't make it to the polls on election day, then vote early!
You do not need a reason or excuse, like being out of town on Election Day, to vote by absentee ballot. Any Wisconsin voter who wishes to cast an absentee ballot may do so either in-person during the early voting period or by mail. Just be sure you have a photo ID ready to vote at anytime.
And note that you can register to vote at the same time you early vote in-person. Just be sure to bring a proof of residence with you.
Early In-Person Voting
Depending on where you live in Wisconsin, you may be able vote as early. Link here to find your local clerk's office where they can offer information on early voting opportunities.
What to bring with you to vote early in-person
You will need to bring one of the acceptable forms of photo ID for voting.
For more information about voter photo ID – and how to get a free ID if you don't have an ID acceptable for voting visit: Bring It to the Ballot.
Make sure NOW that you are registered to vote at your current address – go to MyVote.WI.gov, select "Register to vote," and enter your name and date of birth.
If you're not already registered to vote at your current residence, see the information below on voter registration options and deadlines.
Early Voting with Absentee Ballot
All registered voters can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them. f you are not registered or your name or address has changed, you will need to register or update your registration before requesting an absentee ballot.
If you are in the military, you do not need to be registered to get an absentee ballot, but first we need you to search for your record.
You can request an absentee ballot...
Online. Once you're registered, you can click here to request an absentee ballot online.
By Mail. If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application For Absentee Ballot, fill out the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office. With very few exceptions (e.g., you are indefinitely confined, live permanently overseas), you must also include a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your absentee ballot request (see voter ID information above).
By Email or Fax. You can also request an absentee ballot by sending an email or fax to your municipal clerk that includes:
Your absentee ballot request must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be sent to you.
Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to your municipal clerk's office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.
Make Sure Your Absentee Counts!
The goal is for zero absentee ballots to be rejected at the polls.
Absentee ballots are rejected for the following reasons:
The City Clerk’s Office strongly encourages absentee voters to take the following precautions: