Voting in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin did not permit online voter registration as of January 2015. The state does, however, allow for early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Voters in Wisconsin are not required to bring photo identification with them to the polls.

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:[1]

  • By mail: Complete an Application for Voter Registration (Form GAB-131). Mail the completed application to your local municipal clerk (first-time voters must include proof of residency).
  • In person: Register with your local municipal clerk by 5 p.m. (or the close of business) on the Friday before the election. Be sure to bring your Wisconsin-issued driver license. If you don't have a license, you must know either the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or ID card.
  • At The Polling Place On Election Day: Wisconsin election laws make it easy to register to vote, and you can even register to vote at your local polling place on the day of the election if you are not already registered.
Be sure to bring proof of residency, which must include your:
  • Full name.
  • Current address.
  • Accepted forms of proof include:
  • A current driver's license or ID card (must be valid).
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt from this year or last year.
  • A bank statement.
  • Other approved documents.[2]

—Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of January 2015, Wisconsin is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on election day

Photo ID is currently NOT required in Wisconsin.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Wisconsin, all polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time.[4]

Primary voting

Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[5][6][7]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Wisconsin. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[8]


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.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

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.[9] 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.

2014 developments

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.[10]

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