Voting in Wisconsin
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on election day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
For full information about voting in Wisconsin, contact your state election agency.
When and where
There are three ways to register to vote in Wisconsin:
—Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles
As of January 2015, Wisconsin is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on election day
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Wisconsin. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the municipal clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election. If mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, a returned absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election. For other means of delivery, the completed ballot must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Wisconsin is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting runs for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
In March 2014, Governor Scott Walker applied a partial veto to a bill altering the state's early voting procedures. The legislation as passed restricted early voting hours in several cities to 45 hours per week. Walker vetoed this provision, but he left in place a provision prohibiting early voting on weekends. Democrats alleged that the restrictions placed an undue burden on minorities, veterans, the elderly and students. Republicans maintained that the changes were necessary to ensure uniformity in procedures between urban and rural locations, arguing that rural election officials often lack the resources needed to maintain the same early voting hours that cities can offer.
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- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Wisconsin
- Redistricting in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Voter ID requirements and history
Elections in Wisconsin
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- Wisconsin elections, 2012
- Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles, "Voter registration," accessed January 22, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- New York Times, "Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws in Wisconsin and Texas," October 9, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Voting 101: Back to Basics," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Government Accountability Board - State of Wisconsin, "Absentee voting," accessed December 17, 2013
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- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker signs early-voting bill; partial veto extends voting hours," March 27, 2014
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