Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
All registered Wisconsin voters will receive an absentee ballot application ahead of the November 3, 2020 election. If you wish to vote by mail, you will still need to return this application.
Wisconsin vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 29, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 29, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 29, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Wisconsin vote by mail rules
For the November 3, 2020 election, most registered voters will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail.
Any registered Wisconsin voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Wisconsin vote by mail ID requirements
To request a ballot ONLINE, your municial clerk must already have a copy of your valid photo ID on file. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you will need to include a photocopy of a valid photo ID. Military and overseas voters are exempt from this requirement. Voters who are indefinitely confined, or live in a nursing home or care facility are also exempt from this requirement. These voters can meet the ID requirement by having a witness sign the absentee ballot request.
Voters will need to have a witness sign the voted ballot. A witness must be a U.S Citizen that is over the age of 18.
Wisconsin vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.