Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Election Commission is encouraging eligible Wisconsin voters to vote absentee in elections. Please note: you must already be a registered voter to request an absentee ballot.
Some other states and municipalities are also encouraging absentee voting, so please check in with your current state and municipality regarding absentee voting requirements. Links to each state’s absentee voting information are below. Please note: eligible voters can only vote once in an election. For example, if you are from Illinois and vote absentee in Illinois, you cannot also vote in-person in Wisconsin.
Under Wisconsin law, every qualified voter must maintain a current voter registration before voting in an election. Therefore, every qualified voter who plans to vote must complete a voter registration application if:
- you are a new Wisconsin voter; or
- your name or residential address has changed since you last registered to vote including a changed dorm room or apartment number; or
- if you have not voted in the past four (4) years.
If you are uncertain of your voter registration name, address or status, you can go to My Vote Wisconsin and select "Regular Voter" to look up your voter record.
Note that current residency requirement to register to vote is now 28 days in Wisconsin.
Each state has its own laws and deadlines for voter registration and absentee voting. Please check with your home state for guidelines regarding voter registration, absentee voting and deadlines for these activities. Please note that if you plan to vote absentee in your home state, the requirements for requesting a ballot are often weeks or months in advance of the actual election date.
Links to state elections websites are listed below under the first FAQ.