The Unofficial Guide to Voting in Wisconsin 2020

When is the 2020 presidential election?

The presidential election date in Wisconsin is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Can I vote in the Wisconsin presidential election?

Probably. The important thing is that you're at least 18. If you just moved here, you must update your address with the Department of Transportation (but you don' need a new license). Also, you must be a resident for at least 28 days.

  • To register in Wisconsin you must:
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a resident of Wisconsin for at least 28 days.
  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Not be incapable of understanding the objective of the elective process or under guardianship.
  • Not have been convicted of treason, felony or bribery, or if you have, your civil rights have been restored.
  • Convicted of a felony? Visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility to vote.

How do I register to vote in the Wisconsin presidential election?

First, you can register to vote in person at your polling place on Election Day. Make sure you bring both a proof of residency document and a form of I.D along to register on Election Day.

If you want to save time and avoid the hassle of registering on Election Day, it's super easy to register other ways, here are the deadlines for each method:

Remember, make sure you bring both a proof of residency document and a form of I.D. along no matter which kind of registration you choose.

  • Contact elections@wi.gov and ask for help. Additionally, request that they add your address to the WisVote system.
  • 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.
  • Click here to locate your municipal clerk.

Can I mail my vote to the Wisconsin presidential election?

Voting by mail, also known as absentee, early voting, etc. is easy to do once you're registered.

In Wisconsin, if you're registered to vote, you're eligible to request an absentee ballot. Under state law, you do not need a reason or excuse to vote by mail. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one.

When voting absentee, you will either complete your ballot in person at your local election office OR receive and complete the ballot via mail.

Why should I mail my vote for the Wisconsin presidential election?

Voting by mail is cheaper, faster, and safer than voting in person on Election Day.

  •  Cheaper: Mail-in voting is 100% free. No postage required. It's cheaper than the cost of transporation to your local polling location.
  •  Faster: Back in the April 2020 Primary Election, voters in cities like Milwaukee and Green Bay had to wait in line for hours.
  •  Safer: Many polling sites were closed during the April 2020 Primary Election. Hundreds of poll workers had to stay home because of the pandemic. Your typical poll worker is a senior citizen, which is a high risk group for Covid-19.

How do I mail my ballot in the Wisconsin presidential election?

For most people, your completed absentee ballot must be sitting in your local polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day (unless otherwise noted here). The U.S.P.S. recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time (Tuesday, October 27th, 2020).

You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote via mail.

  • Online: You must request a ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020 in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. You will need a copy of your photo id. Request your absentee ballot by clicking here.
  • Mailing Your Election Office: You must request a ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020 in order for an absentee ballot to be SENT to you. Send a copy of your photo id. Click here to print the form.
  • In Person at your Election Office: Contact your local election office for dates and hours of in-person absentee voting. You will vote your ballot immediately in the election office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken out of the election office. Bring your photo ID.
  • Once you're registered, wait until September: Ballot applications will go to all registered voters in the state by September, unless you have already requested an absentee ballot OR have moved and haven't confirmed your address. You will need a copy of your photo id.

Remember, you will need to provide a photo ID when requesting an absentee ballot by mail or in-person. More information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.

Once you get your absentee ballot in the mail, you can immediately fill it out and return it.

  • 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.
  • Click here to locate your municipal clerk.

How much does it cost to I mail my ballot in the Wisconsin presidential election?

100% free when your ballot is mailed back from within the U.S.

How can I help?

Volunteering as a poll worker at your local polling station!

In April, during our last major presidential primary election, 97.3% of Milwaukee's polling stations were closed because we didn't have enough volunteers.

Green Bay had 93.3% of its polling stations closed. La Crosse had 38.5% polling stations closed, and Madison had 28% closed.

Polling sites were closed during the primary when there were not enough poll workers available due to the pandemic. Your typical poll worker is a senior citizen, which is a high risk group for Covid-19.

Cities all across Wisconsin are looking for individuals interested in working the polling locations on an election day! If you are young and healthy, consider doing your part to make this a safe and fair election. (By the way, his is a paid position!)

Poll workers are appointed to two-year terms so you will be asked to make a minimum two-year commitment. However, committing to one election cycle (Primary/General) is also appreciated.

You can contact your municipal clerk directly to find out more about the application process for your election office.  Click here to see which positions are available.

Encourage your friends and family to vote

Every vote counts. Talk to your friends and family about the election and encourage them to vote. You can help them register by sharing this page. And remember to help them request an absentee ballot so they can vote early.

Share your vote plan with others

You’re more likely to follow through on your plan if you announce it to your friends and family. Sharing your game plan to vote also encourages others to consider how they will vote this year and if they need to take any special steps (like sign up for absentee voting) in order to do so.

Where is the official Wisconsin voter website?

First off, please remember this guide is not the official Wisconsin voter's website.

The official Wisconsin voter's website can be found at https://myvote.wi.gov/.