November 6, 2018
Who can Request an Absentee Ballot?
Any qualified elector (U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 10 days) who registers to vote is eligible to request an absentee ballot. Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.
If you would like to vote absentee, there are a couple of ways to do so.
- My Vote Wisconsin. To request a ballot be mailed to you, the easiest, and fastest, way is to visit My Vote Wisconsin. Here you can register to vote, find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot, update your name or address, and request an absentee ballot.
- In-person. To vote in-person at the clerk’s office, absentee voting hours are regular business hours (Monday – Wednesday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm). If you apply for an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk’s office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to the clerk. No ballots may be taken out of the clerk’s office. You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot. More information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov. The last day to vote in-person is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
- Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail. If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application For Absentee Ballot (EL-121). Just complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk’s office. Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, a copy of your photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. More information about photo ID can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.