Last update: Jun 21, 2022
Last update: Jun 21, 2022
Wisconsin offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Wisconsin by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Who can vote
To register in Wisconsin you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Wisconsin and have resided at the registration address for at least 28 days prior to the election
- be 18 years old
- not have been convicted of treason, felony or bribery, or if you have, your civil rights have been restored after completion of your sentence or a pardon
- not have been found by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the electoral process
- not make or benefit from a bet or wage depending on the result of an election
- not have voted at any other location, if registering on election day
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Online voter registration
- Wisconsin offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Wisconsin driver's license or state ID card to use Wisconsin's online voter registration system. The address where you're registering needs to match the address the DMV has on file for you. If you don't have a Wisconsin ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
By-mail voter registration
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Provide your unexpired Wisconsin driver license or DOT-issued ID card number. If you do not have a current and valid DOT-issued driver license or ID card, provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a current and valid DOT-issued driver license or ID card or social security number, you will still be able to register to vote. You must also provide Proof of Residence documentation when registering. All Proof of Residence documents must show your name and current residential address. Acceptable forms include: a copy of your current and valid State of WI Driver’s License or State ID card; any other official identification card or license issued by a WI governmental body or unit; any identification card issued by an employer with a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card; a real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; a university, college or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk; a gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before the date of registration; a bank or credit card statement; a paycheck or paystub; a check or other document issued by a unit of government; a letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes; an intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: Wisconsin does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Not required.
- Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election office
- If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.
Election Day registration
Wisconsin does offer in person registration on Election Day.
In-person voter registration
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Wisconsin or contacting your local election office.
Get step-by-step help
If you’d like more help planning how to register, TurboVote can walk you through the process! They can also help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more.
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.