Wisconsin Voting Requirements & Information

U.S. Vote Foundation’s Wisconsin Voting Requirements and Information directory informs you of Wisconsin voting rules and options. It focuses on Wisconsin-specific voting guidelines and information for all voters, including domestic, overseas, and military voters. Here you can find out about Wisconsin voter eligibility, voter ID requirements, registration, absentee and early voting options, ways to transmit voting documents and links to specific-Wisconsin voting tools. It's an all-in-one Wisconsin voting resource.

Upcoming Election Dates & Deadlines

Wisconsin Federal and State Elections

Tue Apr 2, 2024 - Wisconsin Presidential Primary

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Online by
    Wed Mar 13, 2024
  • Postmarked by
    Wed Mar 13, 2024
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Mar 29, 2024 5:00PM CDT
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Apr 2, 2024 8:00PM CDT

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Received by
    Thu Mar 28, 2024 5:00PM CDT
  • Hospitalized Voters by
    Tue Apr 2, 2024 5:00PM CDT
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Mar 26, 2024 to Tue Apr 2, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Apr 2, 2024 8:00PM CDT

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting

Contact your Local Election Office to confirm dates, times and locations


From Tue Mar 19, 2024 to Sun Mar 31, 2024

Tue Jul 2, 2024 - Wisconsin State Senate District 4 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jun 12, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jun 12, 2024 11:59PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Jun 28, 2024 5:00PM
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Jul 2, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Post Received by
    Thu Jun 27, 2024 5:00PM
  • Domestic Ballot Request

    In-person ballot request cannot be made earlier than 14 days preceding the election.


    In-Person Request by

    In-person ballot request cannot be made earlier than 14 days preceding the election.


    Sun Jun 30, 2024
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Jun 25, 2024 to Tue Jul 2, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Jul 2, 2024 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting
From Tue Jun 18, 2024 to Sun Jun 30, 2024

Tue Jul 30, 2024 - Wisconsin Senate District 4 Special Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jul 10, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 10, 2024 11:59PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Jul 26, 2024 5:00PM
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Jul 30, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Post Received by
    Thu Jul 25, 2024 5:00PM
  • Domestic Ballot Request

    In-person ballot request cannot be made earlier than 14 days preceding the election.


    In-Person Request by

    In-person ballot request cannot be made earlier than 14 days preceding the election.


    Sun Jul 28, 2024
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Jul 23, 2024 to Tue Jul 30, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Jul 30, 2024 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting
From Wed Jul 17, 2024 to Sun Jul 28, 2024

Tue Aug 13, 2024 - Wisconsin State Primary

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024 11:59PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Aug 9, 2024 5:00PM
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Aug 13, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Post Received by
    Thu Aug 8, 2024 5:00PM
  • In-Person Request by

    In-person ballot request cannot be made earlier than 14 days preceding the election.


    Sun Aug 11, 2024
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Aug 6, 2024 to Tue Aug 13, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting
From Tue Jul 30, 2024 to Sun Aug 11, 2024

Tue Aug 13, 2024 - Wisconsin Congressional House District 8 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024 11:59PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Aug 9, 2024 5:00PM
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Aug 13, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Post Received by
    Thu Aug 8, 2024 5:00PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Sun Aug 11, 2024
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Aug 6, 2024 to Tue Aug 13, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting
From Tue Jul 30, 2024 to Sun Aug 11, 2024

Tue Nov 5, 2024 - Wisconsin General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024 11:59PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Nov 1, 2024 5:00PM
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Nov 5, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Post Received by
    Thu Oct 31, 2024 5:00PM
  • In-Person Request by

    In-person ballot request cannot be made earlier than 14 days preceding the election.


    Sun Nov 3, 2024
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Oct 29, 2024 to Tue Nov 5, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting
From Tue Oct 22, 2024 to Sun Nov 3, 2024

What's On My Ballot? Go to Sample Ballot Lookup for candidate names and to learn of any ballot measures and proposed state constitutional amendments on your ballot.

Tue Nov 5, 2024 - Wisconsin Congressional House District 8 Special Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024 11:59PM
  • In-Person Request by
    Fri Nov 1, 2024 5:00PM
  • Election Day Registration & Voting
    Tue Nov 5, 2024

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Post Received by
    Thu Oct 31, 2024 5:00PM
  • Domestic Ballot Request
    In-Person Request by

    Tue Nov 5, 2024
  • Emergency Ballot Period
    From Tue Oct 29, 2024 to Tue Nov 5, 2024

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

In-person Absentee Voting
From Tue Oct 22, 2024 to Sun Nov 3, 2024

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office
  • at the polls on Election Day
  • at some public assistance offices and motor vehicle offices
  • online

You must have resided in Wisconsin at least 28 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

In-person absentee voting runs for two weeks before Election Day, ending on the Friday before the election. Please check with your municipal clerk for regular office hours.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. You will need a witness to verify that you filled out your own ballot and to sign your absentee ballot return envelope. Your witness can be anyone 18 years or older. Absentee ballots may be returned by mail. The July 2022 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling did not limit assistance in returning ballots by mail.

If you opt to return your absentee ballot in person to a drop box, please visit your local election office to place the ballot in the receptacle if available during regular office hours. You must be the one to return your own ballot in person. Drop boxes are now only available inside election offices.

Please visit the US Vote Disability Voting Guide to see accommodations for the registration and voting process.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to vote in Wisconsin if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Are a resident of Wisconsin
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 28 days prior to the election
  • are 17 years of age and will be 18 by the next election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Wisconsin if:

  • You have placed a bet or wager on the outcome of the election
  • You are in prison or jail for a felony conviction
  • You were disqualified from voting due to a court order

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have completed a felony sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you have been pardoned, then you are immediately eligible to register to vote

You are able to pre-register:

  • are 17 years of age and will be 18 by the next election

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin if:

  • You reside in Wisconsin but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Wisconsin
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university in Wisconsin at the polls

Your student ID card must include your name, signature, photo, and issue and expiration dates. The issue date cannot be more than two years from the expiration date.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Wisconsin, you should provide a current and valid proof of residence including:

  • Your Wisconsin Driver's License or State non-driver ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide other proof of residence that has your name and current address such as:

  • Valid Student ID accompanied by tuition receipt
  • Valid Student ID accompanied by on-campus housing listing that denotes US Citizenship
  • Property Tax Bill or Receipt dated within the current year or within a year prior to the election date
  • Utility Bill not older than 90 days
  • Letter from a homeless organization verifying your residence location for purposes of voter registration
  • Lease (exception: not valid for registration by mail)
  • Valid Employee ID with photo
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Valid Wisconsin issued ID
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver's License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • Bank Statement, Paycheck or Government Check
  • Verification that you are a Resident of a Group Residential Facility
  • Official Notice from the Social Security Administration identifying your Social Security Number
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Medicare or Medicaid Card issued by the government
  • Hunting or Fishing ID
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Proof of Wisconsin student loan and college tuition
  • Valid Wisconsin Vehicle Registration

Contact your municipal clerk if you are unsure whether your proof of residence fits requirements https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/My-Municipal-Clerk

Voting In-Person

In Wisconsin, you need to show id to vote. The following photo ids can be used even if they expired after the most recent general election (Nov., 3, 2020):

  • Valid Wisconsin Driver's License
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid ID Issued by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Highway Safety, etc.
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Student ID

Student IDs must be issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. If expired, the student ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves current enrollment.

If you do not have an ID from the above list, you must show an unexpired photo id from this list:

  • Veteran's ID
  • ID Issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Driving Receipt Issued by DOT not more than 45 Days before Election
  • Certificate of Naturalization Dated no earlier than two years prior to the Date of the Election

You may use an ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days) or a temporary ID card from the Identification Petition Process (valid for 60 days). If you need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

  • When applying for an absentee ballot, include a copy of your photo ID.

You will not need photo ID to vote absentee if you are in the military living permanently overseas or you are a confidential elector. If you are indefinitely confined or live in a nursing home/care facility, you can use a witness signature instead of providing ID when you apply for an absentee ballot.

Witness / Notarization Requirements

An absentee ballot must include ONLY ONE of the following in order to be counted:

  • One Witness Signature

Voter Materials Transmission Options

Domestic Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered?

State Elections Website

Can I View my Sample Ballot?

Can I Register to Vote Online?

Overseas / Military Voter Information

State Voter Registration FAQ

Has my Ballot Been Counted?

Where is my Overseas or Military Ballot?

Upcoming Election Dates & Deadlines

Wisconsin Federal and State Elections

Tue Apr 2, 2024 - Wisconsin Presidential Primary

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Mar 13, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Mar 13, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Mar 28, 2024 5:00PM CDT

Military:

  • US-based Military by
    Fri Mar 29, 2024 5:00PM CDT
  • Military Based Overseas by
    Tue Apr 2, 2024 5:00PM CDT

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Apr 2, 2024 8:00PM CDT

Military:

Received by
Tue Apr 2, 2024 8:00PM CDT

Tue Jul 2, 2024 - Wisconsin State Senate District 4 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jun 12, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jun 12, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jun 27, 2024 5:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Jul 2, 2024 5:00PM

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Jul 2, 2024 8:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Jul 2, 2024 8:00PM

Tue Jul 30, 2024 - Wisconsin Senate District 4 Special Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jul 10, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 10, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 25, 2024 5:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Jul 30, 2024 5:00PM

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Jul 30, 2024 8:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Jul 30, 2024 8:00PM

Tue Aug 13, 2024 - Wisconsin State Primary

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Post Received by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Aug 8, 2024 5:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 5:00PM

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 8:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 8:00PM

Tue Aug 13, 2024 - Wisconsin Congressional House District 8 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 24, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Aug 8, 2024 5:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 5:00PM

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 8:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Aug 13, 2024 8:00PM

Tue Nov 5, 2024 - Wisconsin General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Post Received by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Oct 31, 2024 5:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 5:00PM

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 8:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 8:00PM

Tue Nov 5, 2024 - Wisconsin Congressional House District 8 Special Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

  • Postmarked by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024
  • Online by
    Wed Oct 16, 2024 11:59PM

Military:

Not Required

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Oct 31, 2024 5:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 5:00PM

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 8:00PM

Military:

Received by
Tue Nov 5, 2024 8:00PM

Eligibility Requirements

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Identification Requirements

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Wisconsin Driver's License Number

Attention Overseas Citizen Voters who are Temporarily Overseas: The Wisconsin Board of Elections states that Temporarily Overseas Voters must provide a copy of their Photo ID to their local election office in order to receive their overseas absentee ballot. Please be prepared to send a copy of a valid US photo ID, such as your US drivers license, or your US passport or other valid US photo identification to your local election office. You may send your ID together with your absentee ballot request submission, or separately to follow it. Per the My Vote WI definition: A temporarily overseas voter is a voter currently outside of the United States who intends to return, even if the return date is uncertain.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Wisconsin Driver's License Number

Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order to request your ballot.

Witness / Notarization Requirements

An overseas absentee ballot requires the following to be counted:

  • Mark overseas ballot with witness

An overseas voter's witness does not need to be a U.S. Citizen.

A military absentee ballot requires the following to be counted:

  • Mark overseas ballot with witness

An military voter's witness does not need to be a U.S. Citizen.

Voter Materials Transmission Options

Overseas Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

Military Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered?

State Elections Website

Can I View my Sample Ballot?

Can I Register to Vote Online?

Overseas / Military Voter Information

State Voter Registration FAQ

Has my Ballot Been Counted?

Where is my Overseas or Military Ballot?