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Wisconsin Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Wisconsin

To register to vote in the State of Wisconsin, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Wisconsin for at least 28 day
  • Be 18 years old
  • Not have been convicted of treason, felony or bribery, or if civil rights have been restored
  • Not have been found by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the electoral process
  • Not make or benefit from a bet or wager depending on the result of an election
  • Not have voted at any other location, if registering on Election Day

Voters must reside at their address for at least 28 days by Election Day in order to register to vote. Voters who have moved within Wisconsin less than 28 days before the election must vote from their previous address, either by absentee ballot or at the polling place. Voters who have moved to Wisconsin from another state less than 28 days before an election are only eligible to vote in Presidential elections.

Wisconsin law no longer allows a “corroborating witness” to provide Proof of Residence. See the “Proof of Residence” documents for more details.

You cannot register the register the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election, you can register at the polling place on Election Day.

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How Do I Register To Vote in Wisconsin

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polling place. You should also bring along proof of residence, in case you need to register at the polls.

Voters should have their photo ID ready when they enter the polling place.


  • CDATA[The voter’s photo ID must be one of the acceptable documents specified by law.
  • Wisconsin driver's license
  • Wisconsin non-driver ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Certificate of naturalization issued not more than 2 years before the election
  • ID card issued by a federally recognized -Indian tribe in WI-Student ID card with a signature, an issue date, and an expiration date no later than 2 years after the election
  • a photo ID card provided by the Veteran's Health Administration
  • -The voter’s photo ID must reasonably resemble the voter.
  • -The voter’s photo ID must have the voter’s name on it.

The name on the photo ID must conform to the voter’s name on the poll list. An exact match is not necessary. For example, Bob conforms to Robert, Sue conforms to Susan, and Smith-Jones conforms to Smith if the voter has recently been married.

Poll workers will ask you to sign the poll list. If you are unable to sign because of a physical disability, you are exempt from this requirement. You should inform a poll worker that you are unable to sign.

Poll workers write the Election Day voter number in the poll list, and issue the voter a ballot.

If you do not have a photo ID, you are allowed to vote by provisional ballot. You can bring your photo ID to the polling place by 8:00 p.m. You may also present your photo ID to the municipal clerk in person by 4 p.m. the Friday after the Election. If you provide photo ID by the deadline, the ballot will count. If you do not provide photo ID by the deadline, your ballot will not count.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Wisconsin

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries

The number one thing voters should know is that they must bring an acceptable photo ID to vote.

Wisconsin has had an open primary system since 1905. Voters may only vote for one party's presidential candidates in the preference primary. Voters do not declare a party, and their ballots contain separate columns with candidates for both major parties, but they may not cross over and vote in both primaries. Elections Division Administrator reminded voters that if their municipality has electronic voting equipment, it is programed to reject ballots with crossover votes. "If you make a mistake and vote in multiple parties, ask a poll worker for a new ballot. You may do this up to three times,"

The Presidential Preference Primary and Spring Election ballot also contains a box where voters may indicate a preference for the Democratic or Republican party. It is not necessary to mark this box in addition to casting a vote, but it may be helpful for establishing voter intent in the event the voter accidentally marks candidates in both parties, especially when voting absentee.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Wisconsin

Who can request and receive 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.

How Does an Elector Request an Absentee Ballot?

  • If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application For Absentee Ballot (GAB-121). Just complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office. You can find your clerk at MyVote WI: by searching for your voter record or performing an address search. You can also find your clerk by searching through the list of all Wisconsin municipal clerks. Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election 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, photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. More information about photo ID can be found at
  • If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.
  • Voters who are Indefinitely confined, meaning they have a difficult time getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request that a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election. Indefinitely confined voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. If you or someone you know are Indefinitely confined you will make this designation in box 6 of the Application for Absentee Ballot (GAB-121). More information on the exceptions to the photo ID law can be found at:

What Are The Deadlines for Making an Absentee Ballot Request?

  • If the request is made by mail it must be in the office of the municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding an election. (This is the last day a clerk can mail an absentee ballot to an elector.)
  • If the request is made in-person at the clerk's office-it can be made until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election.
  • Special provisions are made for hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors to request and vote by absentee ballot on election day.


  • Military and Overseas voters have additional options for absentee ballot delivery. Click here for Military. Click here for Overseas. Military and permanent overseas voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their request.

Request an Absentee Ballot by E-Mail or Fax

  • Regular Wisconsin voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. This request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application. More information about the photo ID requirement at

Options and Deadlines for Returning Your Absentee Ballot

  • U.S. Postal Service: Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.
  • Other delivery (FedEx, hand-delivery, etc.): Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day

Learn more about Voting By Absentee Ballot in Wisconsin

What If My Address Has Changed


  • If your address has changed, you need to re-register to vote. Remember:
  • Wisconsin law requires that you live at your current address for 28 consecutive days to be eligible to vote from your new address.
  • If you have lived at your new address for less than 28 consecutive days before the election you are still eligible to vote from your former address.
  • If you have moved to Wisconsin less than 28 consecutive days before a Presidential election you may be eligible to cast a Presidential-only ballot.
  • You will also need to provide an acceptable proof of residence docuement with your current address on it.

College Students

  • College students often live at different addresses throughout the year (school address, summer address, etc.). However, students have the same rights to vote as any other resident if they are otherwise qualified to vote. State law specifically provides that student status shall not be a consideration in determining residence for the purpose of establishing voter eligibility.

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

The polls at every election shall be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Any elector waiting to vote, whether within the polling booth or in the line outside the booth at the time the polls officially close, shall be permitted to vote.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is, you can use to register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, request an absentee ballot (military and permenant overseas voters only), and check provisional ballot status.

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?


Wisconsin allows you to register to vote at the polling place in your election district or an alternate polling place on Election Day if you provide identification and proof of residence.You can also register in person at the municipal clerk's office up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election, provided you sign a registration form and present proof of residence.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

Employees are entitled to up to 3 hours leave to vote. The employee must request leave before Election Day. Pay can be deducted for time lost. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

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