Are you eligible to vote in Wisconsin?
Other questions about your voter status or concerns about your ability to vote in Wisconsin? The Wisconsin Voter Information Center has answers.
Municipal clerks are in charge of elections for your city, town, or village. Your municipal clerk handles voter registrations and absentee ballots for voters in their municipality. Your clerk is an excellent source of information about voting. If the links on this page do not answer your questions, your municipal clerk will likely have the answer. Use this button to search for your clerk's contact information.
Wisconsin Voter Registration
In WI, you must be registered to vote at your current residential address, and you will need a written proof of your residence in order to complete your voter registration. Your options for registering to vote are...
Deadline to register online
To register to vote online, only voters with a valid, unexpired Wisconsin Driver License, Driver Permit, or Wisconsin State ID Card may use this site to register to vote. You will need your Wisconsin Driver License, Driver Permit, or Wisconsin State ID Card Number in order to register to vote online. You will also need to match the name, date of birth, and address on file with the Wisconsin DMV in order to register to vote online.
If you have legally changed your name, then you will need to update your voter record by submitting a new voter registration.
If you have moved to a new address, then you will need to update your voter record by submitting a new voter registration.
To get started, please search for your voter record using your name and date of birth. If you have changed your name, you may need to search using your prior name.
Need to update your address with the Wisconsin DMV? You will need to have a current address on file with the Wisconsin DMV before you can register to vote online.
If you are an eligible Wisconsin voter who does not have a current, valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin State ID Card, you may complete a voter registration form and mail your form, along with a copy of an acceptable proof of residence to your municipal clerk. It must be postmarked to your municipal clerk no later than July 22, 2020.
You can register in-person at your municipal clerk's office during the clerk’s business hours until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020. (Note: The La Crosse City Hall is currently closed due to coronavirus precautions.) Or you may register to vote at your polling place from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day, August 11, 2020.
Deadline to register by mail
Absentee and Early Voting
(as of 7/5/20)
Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse, such as being out of town on Election Day, to vote absentee. Any registered voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You can request an absentee ballot for both the upcoming August 11 Primary election and the November 3 General Election. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote:
request an absentee ballot by mail
request ongoing absentee ballot if you are indefinitely confined
request an absentee ballot if in the military or overseas
request an absentee ballot by email, online or fax.
Anyone who is following instructions from the state and health officials to stay home, and thus cannot vote in person because of COVID-19, may request an absentee ballot without providing a photo ID if they mark on the form that they are indefinitely confined to home when making their request.
You may vote early in person at your municipal clerk's office or another site designated by your clerk. Dates and hours for early voting vary by municipality. Click the button above for your clerk's contact information in order to find out about your local opportunities to early vote.
--from the LWV of Wisconsin
Things Every Voter Should Know About Absentee and Early Voting in Wisconsin
No excuses needed. Any registered voter in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot from their municipal clerk.
Voting absentee is easy and convenient.
Plan ahead. Make your request well before the deadline (Thursday before Election Day). When you make your request, let your clerk know where you want your absentee ballot sent. For example, students who are registered to vote at their campus address, can choose to have their absentee ballot sent to their home address. Plan ahead - think about where you’ll be when your ballot arrives to ensure you’ll be there to receive it and give yourself enough time to return it.
Photo ID requirements. You must include a copy of your photo ID along with your request (unless your municipal clerk already has one on file because you have voted absentee recently from your current address). For those making their request online, it's as simple as taking a picture of your license, passport or valid ID on your phone and uploading it to the site. Get in touch with your municipal clerk if you need assistance getting a copy of your photo ID to them. (Note: Indefinitely confined, military, and overseas voters are exempt from the photo ID requirement.)
Be sure to follow instructions on how to complete your ballot. Voters who request an absentee ballot will be sent instructions on how to complete their absentee ballot. This includes having a witness sign the absentee ballot certificate on your return envelope. Your witness can be any adult US citizen. Be sure to follow the instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.
Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8pm on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends you mail back your absentee ballot at least one week before Election Day to arrive in time.
Questions about acceptable Photo IDs for voting? Click above.
To get help obtaining an ID or an answer to questions about voting,
please call 608-285-2141
WI Voter ID Alliance
Click above to enlarge and print instructions for getting a free ID for voting.