You’ve probably heard that USPS will be handling a high volume of mail and will likely be experiencing delays. That’s why we recommend mailing your ballot by October 24th at the latest if you plan on sending your ballot through USPS. When filling out your ballot, make sure to double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. (See the video on the Absentee Information page for step-by-step instructions.) Check to see if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements and postage, if necessary. You can also track the status of your ballot at myvote.wi.gov.
Ballots must be DELIVERED by 8 PM on Election Day.
A voter can hand deliver an absentee ballot they received by mail to the clerk. Ballots can be returned to the clerk’s office, an early voting site, or the voter’s polling place on election day. Municipal Clerks can also establish ballot drop boxes to accept absentee ballots, but local options vary, so make sure to contact your Municipal Clerk to find out your return options. (See the Clerk Directory on the Absentee Information page.) A family member or another person may also return the ballot on behalf of the voter. Voters who received their ballot by mail and do not have access to a witness could potentially appear at the clerk’s office or in-person absentee site to vote their ballot and have the clerk or clerk staff serve as a witness for the voter. The deadline for voters to return their ballot is 8pm on Election Day.
If you receive your ballot before Election Day, you can drop off your mail ballot in person at your Municipal Clerk’s office, or vote early at your Municipal Clerk’s office using an in-person absentee ballot. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person. If you request a ballot and want to vote at a polling place instead, contact your Municipal Clerk to determine your options.
If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it at least 14 days before the election, call your Municipal Clerk’s office to see if you can request a replacement, or request an absentee ballot online at myvote.wi.gov. You can also go to your Municipal Clerk’s office during early voting to request an absentee ballot and vote in-person. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person. If you still don’t receive it before Election Day, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place. The earlier that you request your ballot, the less of a chance you won’t receive it in time. CLICK HERE to request it now.
If you decide to vote in person, early voting is the safest option - lines will be shorter and allow for easier social distancing. You can vote early in Wisconsin by completing an absentee ballot in-person at your local municipal clerk's office from Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 1. If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk's office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot. To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your municipal clerk (see Absentee Information page), or visit myvote.wi.gov to find your polling place.
If you are voting on Election Day, wear a mask and keep an appropriate distance from fellow voters. If you are in line before polls close, do not leave. You legally must be permitted to vote. If you witness any incidents of voter suppression, contact 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683).
Yes. A state driver's license, state ID card, military ID card, US passport, tribal ID, certificate of naturalization, state accredited college ID with signature, or a receipt from the DMV saying your petition for an ID is in process - any of those will work. Just make sure the name and address match your voter registration information.
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