Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Wisconsin early voting
Early voting starts weeks before the Election Day-- each municipality (town or village) has a different start date, so contact your Local Election Official to find out when it starts where you live. Bring your photo ID with you when you vote.
Early voting ends at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before Election Day.
Wisconsin voter ID
NOTE: Wisconsin voters who do not have the required forms of identification to vote (below) can still vote in the 2016 general election by signing affidavits swearing to their identity.
Additionally, if you entered the DMV’s ID petition process (IDPP) for a photo ID or have a petition pending for a photo ID, the DMV must issue you a credential valid as a voting ID that you can use to vote instead of a photo ID.
These IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4, 2014 election):
A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
A U.S. passport
An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)
These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:
A veteran’s photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of Election Day at which it is presented
A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college or technical college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university, college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.
A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of Election Day.
Important things to know:
There is no such thing as a “Wisconsin Voter ID Card.” The new Voter Photo ID Law uses existing photo IDs for people to prove their identity before voting.
The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. And the name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book. (So, Richards who go by Rich, Bobs who are also Roberts and Susans with IDs for Sue can all relax.)
Of course, there are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you. Even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you, it should be accepted.
A valid photo ID must be provided when voting by absentee ballot unless you are a type of voter that is either exempt by statute or may have an alternative process to verify your identity.
Yes. If you are registering to vote for the first time in Wisconsin, and you register by mail or you register in person during the 20 days preceding the election or at the polls on election day, you must submit 'proof of residence' with your voter registration form.proof of residenceAcceptable forms of proof of residence includes any one of the following (submit a copy if you mail your registration): a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license; a current and valid Wisconsin I.D. card; any other official I.D. card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit; any employer-issued photo I.D. card, issued in the normal course of business, but not including a business card; a university, college or technical college fee card or I.D. card with your photo and current address (May be used even if the card does not contain the cardholder's address, if the educational institution provides a certified student list for use at the polling place); a utility bill (e.g., gas, electric, cable TV or telephone) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day;a bank statement; a real estate (i.e., property) tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; a pay check or a government check or other document issued by unit of government.copyPeople who register in person may also show a current residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day. You may not use your lease if you register by mail. You may not use your lease if you register by mail.
No. Just weeks before the 2014 election, the Supreme Court ruled Wisconsin's voter ID law unconstitutional. Since this happened so close to the election, your absentee ballot instructions may tell you you need ID. But for the 2014 election, no ID is required.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers