Vote Tuesday, November 6, in this very important election.

  • You can vote early. Check with your local municipal clerk’s office.
  • Remember to bring your voter ID. You can use your driver’s license or your passport.

If you need a voter ID, you can get one free at your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles).

  • In Wisconsin, you have the right to leave work to vote. You must tell your employer at least a day in advance. You can take up to 3 hours of unpaid time off.

Your employer can set the time for you to leave work. Remember, it is the law in Wisconsin (WI State Statute 6.76). Learn more at LWVWI.ORG (League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

Voters must be registered to vote (see VOTER REGISTRATION, below). You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. You must be 18 years or older.

Voters who move within 10 days before the election must vote at the poll from their previous address (in person or by requesting an absentee ballot).

Voters must present a voter photo ID. Be sure you have an eligible ID! You can get a free voter ID from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Voters who do not present acceptable voter photo ID may ask to cast a provisional ballot. The ballot will be counted only if the voter presents the required ID to the municipal clerk by 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.

Voters must sign or make their mark on the poll book to obtain a ballot before voting. Voters who are unable to sign the poll book because of a disability are exempt from this requirement.

On the ballot, voters using a traditional ballot must fill in ovals next to their chosen candidates. Voters using the ExpressVote machine make their choices on-screen and print their ballot. When finished, voters feed their traditional or ExpressVote ballot into the machine slot. Wait for the machine screen to display, “Thank you for voting.”


You may vote by in-person absentee ballot before the election. Each municipal clerk determines when and where they will allow this “early voting.” Some have extended hours for voting. Some have voting at additional sites besides the clerk’s office.

Weekend early voting was eliminated in 2013 by Act 146 but is permitted by a court ruling. This ruling is being appealed.


Request a mailed absentee ballot from your city, town, or village clerk in writing by mail, fax, or e-mail. The request must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election (August 9, 2018, for the fall primary election) in order for an absentee ballot to be sent to you. Your request must include:

Your name.

The address where you are registered to vote.

The address where the ballot should be sent.

Your signature.

A photocopy of an acceptable voter photo ID (see VOTER PHOTO ID).

Voters with a Wisconsin driver license or ID card may request an absentee ballot online at

Absentee ballots are mailed 3 weeks before local (spring) elections and 47 days before national (fall) elections.

Elderly or disabled voters may request a permanent absentee ballot without providing a voter photo ID. Those who have requested to be on the permanent absentee ballot list may be dropped from the absentee ballot rolls if they do not vote in each election. City of Madison residents may request a permanent absentee ballot using this form; residents of other municipalities should use this form.

Here is what you do when you receive the absentee ballot:

Complete it.

Sign the certificate envelope in the presence of a witness.

Have a witness sign the envelope and write their address.

Seal the envelope.

Mail the completed ballot. It must arrive at the clerk’s office by Election Day.

If you fail to follow the directions about signature and witness or if the ballot is not delivered by Election Day, the ballot is not valid and cannot be counted.

By League of Women Voters Dane County