Voter Registration: Wisconsin


Registration Deadline: 

-By mail and online: Up to 20 days before the election. 

-In the municipal clerk’s office: You may register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m. or close of business, whichever is later. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.

-At the polling place on Election Day: You may register at the polls on Election Day. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.


Party Affiliation: In Wisconsin, voters may choose which party’s ballot to vote, but this decision is private and does not register the voter with that party. This permits a voter to cast a vote across party lines for the primary election.



Age: Must be 18 years or older on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: To be eligible to register to vote at an address, you must have lived there for the 28 days before the election with no present intent to move. If you have not lived at your address for at least 28 days by Election Day, you can register to vote at the last Wisconsin address where you did reside for at least 28 days.

Felony Convictions: Rights restored upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole, and probation. If you are in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence or awaiting trial, you are eligible to vote.


ID Requirements: You must provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. Please see the Proof of Residence handout for a list of acceptable documents.

If you have been issued a State of Wisconsin Driver License or ID card that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your WI driver license or your WI DOT-issued ID is expired or you have not been issued one, provide the number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you have none of these documents, you will be able to indicate that fact.



Online: Register to Vote Online

In person: Register in the municipal clerk's office

By mail/ in writing: Registration forms should be mailed to your municipal clerk. You can download a Wisconsin Voter Registration Application. Your form must be printed, signed, and mailed or delivered, to your municipal clerk. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering. If you are registering by mail, you can use any of the forms of Proof of Residence except a residential lease.

Note: You may also register to vote at the polling place on Election Day.


Online: Wisconsin Voter Registration Verification

Phone: Contact your municipal clerk if you have problems verifying your voter registration status.



Who can vote absentee: Those qualified to vote do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee.


Other absentee voter qualifications: 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.



Online: Registered Wisconsin voters may request an absentee ballot online here.

In person: You may request an absentee ballot at your municipal clerk's office up until 5:00 p.m. or the close of business(whichever is later) on the Thursday before the election.

By mail: Download the application for absentee ballot. 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. 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.  

Military and overseas voting: Wisconsin Military and Overseas Voter Guide


Other absentee ballot information: A voter may request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk no later than 5:00pm on the Thursday before the election.



Location and time: Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8pm on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.



Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting. Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality. To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your municipal clerk



Verifying Registration: Wisconsin voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: Wisconsin polling place locator

How to Vote: Wisconsin Elections Frequently Asked Questions

Problems with voting: Wisconsin Elections Comments and Complaints 

Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional ballot status verification

Verifying absentee ballot status: Absentee ballot status verification

Photo ID Requirements at the polling place: Wisconsin now requires a photo ID to vote. Acceptable IDs for voting purposes and can be found here.