Wisconsin is a “no excuse” absentee voting state, meaning you can vote by absentee ballot for any election for any reason, including convenience.
There are two ways to vote an absentee ballot before any election:
You can vote an “in-person absentee” by casting your ballot at City Hall before the election. In-person absentee voting begins the third Monday before each election and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before each election. Contact the Election Commission before each election for location and hours.
You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a request for an absentee ballot, a ballot is mailed to you and you vote and mail back your absentee ballot in a postage-paid reply envelope. Requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before an election. Absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received in the Election Commission office by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after any election, will be counted if all other absentee ballot requirements are met.
A qualified voter may choose to vote an absentee ballot for:
An election cycle (Primary and Election)
A full calendar year of elections (Spring and Fall election cycle)
Permanently, if you certify that you are indefinitely confined and unable to leave your home
Qualifications to vote an absentee ballot
*You must be registered to vote at your current address before you can request or receive an absentee ballot. The qualifications to register to vote are as follows:
A U.S. citizen
18 years of age or older on Election Day
You have lived at your current address for at least 28 consecutive days before the election
You are not currently serving probation, parole or extended supervision for a felony conviction
* Click the link for the Voter Public Access (VPA) site on the Election Commission’s main page if you would like to confirm your voter registration address.
Requesting an Absentee Ballot
There are two options for requesting an absentee ballot:
Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot (GAB-121).
Submit a letter or email requesting an absentee ballot that includes the following information:
· Residence Address
· Date of Birth
· Requested election date, election cycle or calendar year
If a request is made for more than one person residing at the same address, each person must sign the letter of request and include all required information for each person.
In order to expedite the mailing of your ballot, you may submit your request by fax at (414) 286-8445 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSPITALIZED ELECTORS – Please call the Election Commission at 286-3491 for further information.
Central Processing of Absentee Ballots
All absentee ballots are processed at a central location (4300 North Richards Street) rather than the respective voting sites. A voter number is recorded on all absentee ballots during processing.
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