Wisconsin Election Laws

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Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in the clerk’s office is now restricted to the two weeks before an election. Absentee voting now ends at the close of business the Friday before the election.

The new law prohibits absentee voting and voter registration the Saturday, Sunday or Monday before an election.

Signing the Poll Book

Voters must sign the poll book to obtain a ballot. The poll book now contains a signature block for each voter. Only one poll book needs to be signed.

Voters unable to sign the poll book because of a physical disability are exempt from this requirement. If this applies to you, tell the election officials that you are unable to sign because of a disability. Election officials will write “exempt” in your signature block.

Voter Registration Changes

You can register to vote up until the Friday before the election or on Election Day. You must reside at your address for 10 consecutive days to be eligible to vote, and you may no longer use a corroborating witness as proof of residence. For more information on acceptable proof of residence documents contact your local municipal clerk.

Wisconsin Now Requires a Photo ID to Vote

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an order declining to hear an appeal of Wisconsin's voter photo ID law.  On advise of the Wisconsin Attorney General, the photo ID law will be enforced for Elections after April 2015. 

For more detailed information on acceptable Photo ID’s, please visit the Governmental Accountability website.