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Upcoming Elections in Wisconsin

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day at 7:00am - 8:00pm
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Last day for electors to register to voteby mail or by Special Registration Deputy in General Election. Mailed registrations must be postmarked no later than this date.(After this date, electors must register in person in municipal clerk\'s office or at the polls). October 19,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day for In-Person Absentee Voters to request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office between October 24 through 7:00 p.m. on November 4, 2016. Office hours vary by municipality October 24,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last day (5:00 p.m.) for electors (except military electors and indefinitely confined electors) to request absentee ballots by mail for General Election. November 3,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for In-Person Absentee Voters to request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office between October 24 through 7:00 p.m. on November 4, 2016. Office hours vary by municipality November 4,2016
Voter Registration deadline - In Person: Last day (5:00 p.m.) for electors to register to vote in the General Election in the municipal clerk's office. November 4,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last day (5:00 p.m.) for indefinitely confined electors and military electors who are NOT on active duty away from their residence to request absentee ballots by mail for General Election. November 4,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - In Person: Last day for electors to make application in person to the municipal clerk for absentee ballots to vote in the General Election (except hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors). November 6,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - In Person: Deadline (8:00 p.m.) for absentee ballots to be delivered to the polling place. November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Deadline (5:00 p.m.) for military electors who are on active duty away from their voting residence to request absentee ballots by mail. November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Deadline (4:00 p.m.) for all absentee ballots to be delivered via USPS to the municipal clerk (must be postmarked by Election Day November 8). November 11,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

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.

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.

AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY

  • 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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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 myvote.wi.gov 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.

Am I eligible To Vote in Wisconsin?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Wisconsin?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Wisconsin? Click here for more information

What's on Wisconsin ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Wisconsin?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Wisconsin

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Wisconsin if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Wisconsin?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Wisconsin? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote