Voting in Wisconsin

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Election Dates

General Election Date
Voter Registration Deadline (online, by mail - postmarked)
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in Wisconsin

Learn about all the options to vote in Wisconsin to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Wisconsin Board of Elections Phone Number: (608) 266-8005

Wisconsin Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Wisconsin

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Wisconsin.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Wisconsin

Voting by mail is a two step process in Wisconsin.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received online or by mail is the Thursday before Election Day at 5 p.m.

  • If it is your first time voting by mail in Wisconsin, you must also include a copy of your valid photo ID with your application.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Fill out and sign your ballot in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign it, too.
  • Return in person to your municipal clerk's office, Election Day polling place or additional designated ballot return location by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Or return by mail - ballots must be received by Election Day to be counted.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Witness or Notary Requirement

Grab a friend! You must fill out and sign your ballot's certificate (attached to return envelope) in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign it, too. Make sure to follow instructions! If you do not sign, or your witness does not sign, your ballot will be tossed and your vote will not count.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

The certificate envelope. This location is also where the witness will sign.

ID Requirements to Vote By Mail

First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.

ID is required with application to vote by mail.

Wisconsin voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies.

If it is your first time voting by mail, include a copy of your valid photo ID with your absentee ballot application. When the you submit the ballot by-mail you do not need to submit ID, but you must have one adult witness sign the absentee certificate envelope and provide their address.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

TBD. This issue is currently being discussed in pending legislation.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

You will be asked at your polling place if you have returned your ballot and if you have not, you will be issued a ballot at your polling place. You may also vote in person on Election Day if you requested, but never received, an absentee ballot.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Wisconsin does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state gives you the opportunity to “cure” a challenge to the signature to your ballot. Your municipal clerk may contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for curing your ballot before Election Day. You must “cure” the challenge before the polls close on Election Day.

You may get a phone call with notification that your ballot needs to be cured. Be sure to pick up so you don’t miss your chance to make sure that your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Wisconsin voters must show ID at the polls to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

All forms of ID must have name and photo

  • Wisconsin driver’s license, can be expired since 11/3/20
  • Wisconsin state ID card, can be expired since 11/3/20
  • US Military ID card, can be expired since 11/3/20
  • US Passport, can be expired since 11/3/20
  • Veteran Affairs Card- must be unexpired or have no expiration date
  • Wisconsin Tribal ID card- can be current or expired
  • Certificate of Naturalization- issued within 2 years of voting
  • Wisconsin accredited college ID with signature, expires within 2 years of issuance date. Must also bring proof of enrollment if the ID is expired since 11/3/20.
  • DMV receipt: ID petition process

Voter ID in Wisconsin

Find Your Ballot

Enter your address below to see what you can expect on Election Day.


Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Voting Begins
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Wisconsin

To vote in person absentee, request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your municipal clerk's office. Exact dates and hours are determined by the clerk.


Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Wisconsin, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Wisconsin primaries if you are 17 by the next election.