You can vote absentee using your home address, either in Wisconsin or another state. To learn more about absentee voting, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission or your hometown’s election commission website. Please note: eligible voters can only vote once in an election, if you are from Illinois and vote absentee, you cannot also vote in-person in Wisconsin.
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.
Absentee Voting and Registering to Vote Outside of Wisconsin - Plan Early
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.
NOTE: Union Station also has notary services if you are voting absentee in your home state and need to get your ballot notarized. Contact Union Station (414) 288-7213 to make an appointment if you need this service or call the AMU Info Desk at (414)-288-7250.
Links to state elections websites are listed below under the first FAQ.