How to apply for an absentee ballot
Please note: 2011 Act 227 prohibits a voter who has voted and returned an absentee ballot from voting at the polling place on election day.
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.
Request by Mail
Download the Application For Absentee Ballot (GAB-121). Complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office (for the correct address please refer to the Listing of Local Municipal Clerks). The application must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
Request by E-Mail or Fax
A voter may request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk. (See Directory of Local Municipal Clerks.) Before the ballot can be counted on election day, the municipal clerk must have received a request from the voter with an original signature. (Print your emailed request, sign it, and return it with your ballot, but outside the certified ballot envelope.) This request must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
In-Person at your Municipal Clerk's Office
In-person absentee voting runs for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election. Please check with your municipal clerk for regular office hours.
If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, you must vote immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken from the clerk's office.
Instructions for Completing Absentee Ballot
Uniform instructions for absentee voters: Click here
Deadline for Returning Ballot: The completed ballot must either be delivered to the clerk no later than election day or postmarked no later than election day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.
If you do not know who your clerk is, or where the clerk's office is located, please refer to the Listing of all Wisconsin Municipal Clerks. Use the "Find" command in Adobe Acrobat Reader to search for a specific municipal clerk. This listing contains telephone and fax numbers as well as addresses
* Please note that there are exceptions for military and overseas voters. Please refer to the Military and Overseas Voting page for rules.