Voting in
Wisconsin

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Wisconsin, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Wisconsin Election Website or call (608) 266-8005 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/14/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Wisconsin

Don’t miss your next election!

Your voter registration application must be received by Oct. 14th. All voters in Wisconsin must submit proof of residence with their voter registration. All Wisconsin voters will receive an application to vote by mail for the general election. The application will be sent to the address on file with voter registration. You can update this here.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Wisconsin:

When you return your ballot, postage is prepaid. You do not need to add stamps.

Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state gives you the opportunity to "cure" any challenge to your ballot. This means if there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for curing your ballot. Be sure to check your mail and messages (phone and email) for incoming communication from your election's office to have the opportunity to cure. You will be contacted if there is a challenge to your ballot before Election Day (Tuesday, November 3). You must "cure" the challenge before the polls close on Election Day. Get your ballot in early so that you have a chance to address any challenges.

Be sure to sign your ballot in the presence of an adult that can serve as a witness. They must also sign your ballot.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

Presidential Primaries

No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in primary. See Wisconsin Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Sept. 17th-Nov. 1st (exact dates and times vary by county)

You can vote in person at your municipal clerk's office before the election, using an absentee ballot. See your municipal clerk for exact dates. No excuse required.

All Wisconsin voters will be sent an application to vote by mail for the November election. A completed application must be received by Oct 29th. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually and select all elections or individual elections. Copy of photo ID with address and signature is required with absentee ballot by mail application. The state allows for permanent absentee status for elderly or disabled voters.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for Wisconsin

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • State or federal photo ID is required
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.