The November 6 General Election is now one week away, and early voting is an option for Wisconsinites.
All registered Wisconsin voters are able to vote early, either by mail or in person.
To vote early in person, you can go to your local municipal clerk’s office – not your polling location – during regular business hours up through Friday, November 2nd. Some offices require you to call ahead and make an appointment, some do not.
The process to vote early by mail has more steps. You should fill out an absentee ballot request form and mail it to your municipal clerk’s office, and they must receive it by 5 p.m., Thursday, November 1st. (You can do so at MyVote.) The clerk’s office will then send you a ballot, which you must fill out and send back to them by Election Day. However, absentee voters who are in the military, hospitalized, or serving jury duty have later request deadlines and should contact their local clerk’s office for details.
“This gives the voters in Wisconsin the opportunity to make time to vote as it fits their own lifestyle,” said Sandy Juno, Brown County Clerk. “In many cases, people vote early because they don’t want to have to stand in lines on Election Day, or they already know how they’re gonna vote, so they just want to take care of it prior to the election.”
One thing to note – you must always provide a photo ID in order to receive a ballot.