Who can Request an Absentee Ballot?
Any qualified elector (U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 28 days) who registers to vote is eligible to request an absentee ballot. Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.
Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
If you are a registered Wisconsin voter, you can download the Application for Absentee Ballot (PDF) (EL-121). Just complete the form and mail it to the Village 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. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your first application by mail. More information about photo ID can be found at the Bring it Wisconsin website.
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.
Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they have a difficult time getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, may request that a ballot be automatically sent to them for each election. Indefinitely confined voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request. If you or someone you know are indefinitely confined you will make this designation in box 6 of the application. Ballots will automatically be sent to you for every subsequent election until you are no longer confined or fail to return a ballot for an election.
Request an Absentee Ballot Online, by E-Mail or by FAX
Registered voters may use My Vote Wisconsin to request their absentee ballot by clicking "Vote Absentee." This request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be sent to you. If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application. Regular Wisconsin voters may also request that a ballot be sent to them be sending an email to the Village clerk.
Deadlines for Returning Your Absentee Ballot
Your completed absentee ballot must be received by the Village Clerk's office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time. A ballot may also be delivered directly to the polling place prior to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
In-Person Absentee Voting at the Clerk's Office
You can also vote absentee at the clerk's office. If you apply for an absentee ballot in the clerk's office after ballots are available, you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk's office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope and return it to the clerk. No ballots may be taken out of the clerk's office. You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot.