Wisconsin

Upcoming Elections

2022-07-19 – Registration Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Tue Jul 19, 2022

2022-07-19 – Registration Deadline (Online by)

Online by Tue Jul 19, 2022

2022-08-04 – Ballot Request Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Thu Aug 4, 2022 5:00PM CDT

2022-08-05 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Fri Aug 5, 2022 5:00PM

2022-08-07 – Ballot Request Deadline (In-Person Request by)

In-Person Request by Sun Aug 7, 2022

2022-08-09 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 8:00PM CDT

2022-08-09 – Registration Deadline (Election Day Registration & Voting)

Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Aug 9, 2022

Last Updated: March 2022

Voting in Wisconsin

When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting (early voting) for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your Municipal Clerk

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

Visit the My Vote Wisconsin polling place look up page.

NOTE: Polling places may have changed. Please ensure all voters check with their local clerk to determine their polling location: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/My-Municipal-Clerk.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Wisconsin if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Wisconsin
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 28 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Wisconsin if:

  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony
  • You are otherwise disqualified from voting
  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction

How to register 

  • Wisconsin State Primary Election
    • Apply Online: Online by Tue Jul 19, 2022
    • Submit a Printed Application: Postmarked by Tue Jul 19, 2022
    • In-Person, Received by Fri Aug 5, 2022 5:00PM
    • In Person: Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Aug 9, 2022

Wisconsin has Same Day Registration: voters can register at a local municipal clerk’s office or at a polling place on Election Day. Voters must provide a “proof of residence” document to do so.

Wisconsin residents may register in any of the following ways: 

  1. Voters may register at the polls on election day (also known as “same day registration.”) Voters must provide a “proof of residence” document to do so. See below for requirements.
  1. Voters may register at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote, so long as they have a current and valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin state ID card. 
  1. Voters may register by completing a paper registration form and mailing or delivering the form to the municipal clerk no later than 20 days before the next election (i.e., the 3rd Wednesday preceding the election). The forms must be accompanied by a “proof of residence” document. 
  1. Voters may register in person in their municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m. or close of business, whichever is later. Voters cannot register on a Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election.  

Proof of Residence Required for Registration:

Note: Documentary requirements for voter registration and the identification needed to vote on Election Day are different: 

  • A Proof of Residence document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin and is only used when registering to vote. 
  • Wisconsin law now requires voters to present a photo ID for their vote to be counted. For absentee ballots, you will need to provide a copy of your photo ID with your request

To register to vote in Wisconsin, you must provide a proof of residence, which includes your name and current address. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • A current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card. 
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit. 
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  • A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list, that indicates citizenship,  to the municipal clerk.
  • A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
  • Bank or credit card statement.
  • Paycheck or paystub.
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
  • A letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.
  • Residential lease that is effective on date of registration. (Not valid if registering by mail.)
  • An intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility. 

Note: This is not a comprehensive list, but categories of the most common types used by voters.More information on acceptable documents can be found here:  https://elections.wi.gov/sites/elections/files/2020-12/9%20Acceptable%20Photo%20ID%26%23039%3Bs%20PIctures.pdf

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Wisconsin State Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Post received by Thu Aug 4, 2022 5:00PM CDT
  • In-Person Request by Sun Aug 7, 2022

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 8:00PM CDT

If You Want to Vote Early

Wisconsin allows early voting at your local municipal clerk’s office. Each municipality is responsible for setting its own early voting dates and hours. Voters may search for their municipal clerk at the My Vote Wisconsin webpage.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Registered Wisconsin voters may vote absentee without a reason or excuse by filling out an application and mailing it to the municipal clerk’s office. Ballot requests must be received by the municipal clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Election Day. The request can be made online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee or by email or fax to the municipal clerk. E-mail, mail or fax requests must be sent to the municipal clerk directly including your full name, your Wisconsin voting address, the specific election for which you would like a ballot or if you are requesting for the calendar year, and your mailing address (if different than your voting address) or if you prefer to receive the ballot via e-mail (emailed ballot must be printed and returned via mail at the voter’s expense)  

If you have not previously provided a copy of a photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application.  

Absentee ballots must arrive at your municipal clerk’s office or polling place by Election Day to be counted. If delivering your absentee ballot by mail, the U.S. Postal Service suggests mailing absentee ballots at least one week before Election Day for the General Election..  

Starting the 2nd Tuesday before Election Day you can vote by absentee ballot in person at your Municipal Clerk’s office.

Ballots can also be hand delivered to the municipal clerk’s office or the voter’s assigned polling place on election day. Voters may search for their municipal clerk on the My Vote Wisconsin website.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Wisconsin, you should provide a current and valid proof of residence including:

  • Your Wisconsin Driver’s License or State/non-driver ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide other proof of residence that has your name and current address such as:

  • Valid Student ID accompanied by tuition receipt
  • Valid Student ID accompanied by on-campus housing listing that denotes US Citizenship
  • Property Tax Bill or Receipt dated within the current year or within a year prior to the election date
  • Utility Bill not older than 90 days
  • Letter from a homeless organization verifying your residence location for purposes of voter registration
  • Lease (exception: not valid for registration by mail)
  • Valid Employee ID with photo
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Valid Wisconsin issued ID
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • Bank Statement, Paycheck or Government Check
  • Verification that you are a Resident of a Group Residential Facility
  • Official Notice from the Social Security Administration identifying your Social Security Number
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Medicare or Medicaid Card issued by the government
  • Hunting or Fishing ID
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Proof of Wisconsin student loan and college tuition
  • Valid Wisconsin Vehicle Registration

Contact your municipal clerk if you are unsure whether your proof of residence fits requirements https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/My-Municipal-Clerk

Voting In-Person

In Wisconsin, you need to show id to vote. The following photo ids can be used even if they expired after the most recent general election (Nov., 3, 2020):

  • Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid ID Issued by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Highway Safety, etc.
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Student ID

Student IDs must be issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. If expired, the student ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves current enrollment.

If you do not have an ID from the above list, you must show an unexpired photo id from this list:

  • Veteran’s ID
  • ID Issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Driving Receipt Issued by DOT not more than 45 Days before Election
  • Certificate of Naturalization Dated no earlier than two years prior to the Date of the Election

You may use an ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days) or a temporary ID card from the Identification Petition Process (valid for 60 days). If you need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

Note: An expired student ID may still be used with additional documentation.  If the student ID is expired, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule.  

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Each voter must vote at the appropriate polling place for his or her current address (as long as he or she has lived in that location for at least 28 days). Voters who have moved within Wisconsin and lived in their current locations for less than 28 days prior to the election must vote at the polling place for their prior address, either in-person or by absentee ballot. Voters who have lived in Wisconsin for less than 28 days prior to the election are only eligible to cast a Presidential-only ballot.

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If You are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Wisconsin Driver’s License Number

Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order to register your ballot.

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Wisconsin Driver’s License Number

Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order to register your ballot.

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter Absentee uniformed service members (and their eligible dependents), and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Military and permanent overseas voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their request. Military and Overseas voters can request an absentee ballot online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MilitaryOverseasVoters, by completing a Federal Post Card Application (https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf), or by contacting their Wisconsin municipal clerk.  Additional information is available at https://www.fvap.gov and https://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/military-overseas

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Wisconsin page. UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the My Vote Wisconsin webpage.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a backup ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must apply for a regular ballot early enough for your local election officials to receive the request at least 5 days before the election.  If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Wisconsin no later than noon on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit https://www.fvap.gov/fwab-privacy-notice.

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If You Have A Felony Conviction

You are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin if you have been convicted of a felony and you are currently serving any portion of your sentence (including extended supervision, probation, or parole, also known as being “on paper”).

Once you successfully complete your sentence and are no longer under the supervision of the Department of Corrections (“off paper”) your voting rights are restored, and you regain your eligibility to vote.  You must re-register to vote. Note: Voting rights are also restored if you are pardoned. 

If you are in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence or are awaiting trial (even for a felony), you are still eligible to vote — usually by absentee ballot. Note: You may request an absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax. A copy of your photo ID must be included with the absentee request and submitted to the municipal clerk.  More information on voting for former felons and other incarcerated individuals is available on the Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions’ website. Once convicted you cannot vote, even if you have not yet been sentenced.

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