Wisconsin Voter Registration Information



Registration Deadline: Voters can register to vote at the polls ON Election Day. The mail in voter registration deadline is the 20th day before the election. You can use the Mail in Voter registration form to register by mail. Contact your municipal clerk's office for more details

Party Affiliation: Wisconsin has open primaries, no party registration is required.


Age: Must be 18 years or older on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Wisconsin and the District in which you will vote for at least 28 days prior to the election.

Felony Convictions: Rights restored upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole, and probation

ID Requirements:Registration requires proof of residence. Electors who have not been issued a Wisconsin driver license must provide the last four digits of their Social Security number or their Wisconsin state ID card number. If the elector does not have a current valid Wisconsin driver license, Wisconsin state ID card, or Social Security number, the applicant may indicate this by filling in the appropriate circle on the registration form. If the voter has a current valid Wisconsin driver license but does not know the number and did not bring it to the polling place, poll workers must allow the voter to vote by provisional ballot. (Note: the voter CANNOT use the last four digits of their social security number if he or she has been issued a Wisconsin driver's license).
  The following constitute acceptable Proof-of-Residence if the document contains your current name and address and is valid on Election Day (unless otherwise indicated): 
   -A current and valid Wisconsin driver license. 
   -A current and valid Wisconsin identification 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 residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day (NOT for first-time voters registering by mail). 
   -A university, college or technical institute identification card (must include photo), ONLY if the bearer provides a fee receipt dated within the last nine months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk.
   -A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day.
   -Bank statement
   -A check or other document issued by a unit of government


Online: You may fill out a form online. However, it must be submitted by mail, in person, or at the polling place on election day.

In person: Register in the municipal clerk's office up to 5:00 PM or the close of business whichever is later on the Friday before the election. After the BY MAIL deadline, an elector registering in person in the clerk's office is required to present acceptable proof of residence.

By mail/ in writing: Download the application for voter registration, complete the form and mail it into the municipal clerk's office. The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day before the election.

Other Voter Registration Application Information: Electors who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking have the option to be listed confidentially on poll lists, and their information will not be released through voter data requests.


Online: Wisconsin Voter Registration Verification`

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


Who can vote absentee: Any qualified elector who registers to vote. (A qualified elector is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 28 days.)

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. (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 day preceding the election.


Online: Wisconsin Absentee Ballot Application

In person: You may request an absentee ballot up until 5:00 p.m. or the close of business(whichever is later) on the Friday before the election. If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, you must vote immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelop, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken from the clerk's office.

By mail: Download the application for absentee ballot. Complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office

Military and overseas voting: Wisconsin Military and Overseas Voter Guide

Emergency Voting: Special provisions are made for hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors to request and vote by absentee ballot on election day. Simply fill out the emergency absentee section on your absentee ballot application.

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.


Location and time: The completed ballot must either be delivered to the clerk no later than election day or postmarked no later than election day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after the election.


Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting. You can request an absentee ballot in person at your municipal clerk's office up until 5:00 pm on the day before the election. The completed ballot must be received by the municipal clerk no later than the day of the election so that it can be delivered to the polling location by 8:00 pm.


Verifying Registration: Wisconsin Voter Registration Verification

Deciding how to vote:

Time off to vote: 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.

Polling Place: Wisconsin Polling Place Locator

ID Requirements:Due to court injunctions, Wisconsin currently does not require proof of identity for voters at the polls. Go to Wisconsin's Voter ID page to learn more about current identification requirements in Wisconsin. Proof of residence is required however, when you have not provided proof of registration and are a first time voter who registered by mail.

How to Vote: Wisconsin Elections Frequently Asked Questions
   -Optical scan
   -Mechanical lever
   -Paper ballots

Problems with voting: Wisconsin Elections Comments and Complaints

Verifying provisional ballot status: Wisconsin Provisional Ballot Status Verification

Verifying absentee ballot status:
Wisconsin Absentee Ballot Status Verification