Absentee Voting

For information on absentee voting for the April 7, 2020, election please see our Election page.

General Overview

If you are unable to get to the polls on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot or stop at City Hall (7426 Hubbard Avenue) prior to the election to vote absentee. The last day to vote absentee in person is the Friday prior to the election. 
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.

An absent elector is any otherwise qualified elector who for any reason is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place in his or her ward. Any otherwise qualified elector who changes residence within Wisconsin by moving to a different ward or municipality later than 10 days prior to an election may vote an absentee ballot in the ward or municipality where he or she was qualified to vote before moving.

Unless voting in person in the Clerk's Office, absentee ballots can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to voters.


  • By Mail, Fax, or Email - Absentee ballot applications are accepted until the Thursday prior to the election at 5 p.m.  
    • For the April 7, 2020, Spring Election, the deadline is April 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Any requests for ballots to be mailed should allow enough time for mail transit. A ballot can only leave City Hall if it is being mailed; you cannot take a blank ballot with you.
  • In Person - In-person absentee voting (also known as early voting) ends on the Friday before the election.  
    • For the April 7, 2020, Spring Election, we are asking you request an absentee ballot be mailed to you.  Applications can be made by email, mail, or via the myvote.wi.gov website.


Any qualified absentee elector may make written application to the City Clerk for an official ballot by one of the following methods:
  • In person at the City Clerk's Office
  • By mail, email, or fax to the City Clerk's Office
  • By signing a statement delivered to the city clerk indicating the elector is indefinitely confined because of age, physical illness, or infirmity or is disabled for an indefinite period
  • Any elector who is registered and who is hospitalized, may apply for and obtain an official ballot by agent
  • By a resident of a nursing home, qualified retirement home, or qualified community residential facility delivering an absentee application to the City Clerk's Office

Photo ID and Absentee Voting

  • In-person voters in the clerk’s office must show their Photo ID to the clerk or staff. The staff member will record on the absentee certificate envelope that the voter provided Photo ID.
  • Regular absentee voters requesting a ballot by mail, email, or fax must provide a copy of their Photo ID with their absentee ballot request. Once Photo ID is provided, the voter no longer has to provide Photo ID with subsequent absentee ballot requests, until they re-register (their name or address change).
  • Indefinitely confined voters, voters residing in care facilities visited by a Special Voting Deputy, and voters residing in other care facilities eligible for Special Voting Deputies, may but do not need to provide Photo ID.
Military and Overseas voters have additional options for absentee ballot delivery. To learn more visit the Government Accountability board website for Military and Overseas.

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