How to vote in Wisconsin

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Wisconsin allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Wisconsin offers early voting.

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 10 days
  • 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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Wisconsin can look up where to vote on Wisconsin's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Wisconsin voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, September 24 to Sunday, November 4, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will need to show a photo ID to vote in Wisconsin. Acceptable forms include: Wisconsin driver's license or state ID card; military ID; tribal ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin; US passport; photo ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance (must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment); veteran's photo ID card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (unexpired); certificate of naturalization (issued two years before the date of the election it is presented); driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days); ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days); temporary identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT through the Identification Petition Process (IDPP) (valid for 180 days); or 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 the election.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide proof of residence with your registration, you will need to do so to vote. Acceptable forms include: Wisconsin driver's license or ID card; any other ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental agency or unit; employee ID card with a photograph; real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; residential lease; student ID from a university, college or technical college with a fee receipt; student ID from a university, college or technical college with an on-campus housing listing provided by the university, college or technical college to the municipality; utility bill dated within 90 days; or a bank statement, a paycheck, a government check or other government-issued document.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID and/or proof of residence, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will not count unless you provide acceptable proof of identification and/or proof of residence to your municipal clerk by 4:00 p.m. the Friday after the election.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Thursday, November 1.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. 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.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. 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.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Wisconsin.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Wisconsin's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The early voting period runs from Monday, September 24 to Sunday, November 4, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Thursday, November 1.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Election contact information for Wisconsin

Address:
Elections Commission
212 East Washington Avenue, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53707

Phone Number:
(608) 266-8005