Voting Absentee By Mail
Request a mailed absentee ballot from your city, town, or village clerk in writing by mail, fax, or e-mail. Or request one online here.
- Your name
- The address where you are registered to vote
- The address where the ballot should be sent
- Your signature
- A photocopy of an acceptable photo ID for voting (see Voter Photo ID)
Absentee ballots are mailed 3 weeks before local (spring) elections and 47 days before national (fall) elections.
Permanent Absentee Ballot
- Complete it.
- Sign the certificate envelope in the presence of a witness.
- Have a witness sign the envelope and write their address.
- Seal the envelope.
- Mail the completed ballot so that it is received by the clerks office no later than Election Day.
- If you fail to follow the directions about signature and witness or if the ballot is received after Election Day, the ballot is not valid and cannot be counted.
"Early Voting" - Absentee Voting in Your Clerk's Office
- You may vote early in person—at the clerk’s office or another site designated by the clerk. Dates and hours for early voting may vary, so check with your local clerk. Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours. Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours.
- Guide to Early & Absentee Voting Information compiled by Common Cause in Wisconsin