Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
  • You need to have resided in an election district or ward for at least 28 days before the election, with no present intent to move.
  • You can't be currently serving a sentence including probation or parole for a treason, felony, or bribery conviction.
  • You can't have been determined by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the elective process; you can't be under guardianship.
  • You can't have made or become interested directly or indirectly in any bet or wager depending upon the result of the election.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of residence either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your proof of residence with your registration form today! Proof of residence must include both your complete name and your current Wisconsin address, and includes the following:

    • A Wisconsin driver's license, or state-issued ID card
    • A bank statement or a paycheck
    • A current lease
    • A property tax bill from either 2011 or 2012
    • Any utility bill from the past 90 days (online cell phone bill print-outs count)
    • Any document issued by a unit of government
    • Your student ID card and a fee receipt with your school address from the past 9 months

    If you have additional questions about voting in Wisconsin, please contact:
    Government Accountability Board, Elections Division: (608)-266-8005;

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 20 days before Election Day.
  • In person: 5 p.m., the Friday before Election Day.
  • Same Day/Election Day registration: Yes.

Felony Information

Under Wisconsin law, if you have been convicted of a felony, treason, or bribery, you may register and vote when you are no longer serving your sentence, including probation, parole, or extended supervision. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's website.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Wisconsin who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a Wisconsin resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Wisconsin says about residency: Under Wisconsin law, your residence is where you have a fixed place to live, from which you don't presently intend to move, and that you have the intention of returning to whenever you're away. You must have lived in the election district where you want to vote for at least 28 days before the upcoming election. Elections officials are not allowed to consider student status when determining your eligibility to vote.
  • If you determine you're a Wisconsin resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Wisconsin residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

First-time voters in Wisconsin who registered by mail should bring ID. The ID must contain a complete name and a current and complete residential address.

Examples of appropriate ID may include:

  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver's license
  • Wisconsin ID card
  • College ID with photo
  • Utility bill
  • Paycheck
  • Another government document

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

In Wisconsin, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.

Vote Early in Person

All voters are eligible to vote early in person - no excuse is needed.

You can vote early in person at your Municipal Clerk's office.

Find out where to vote early.

Vote Early by Mail

All voters in Wisconsin may vote early by mail - no excuse is needed.

To vote early by mail, submit an absentee ballot application available here to your Municipal Clerk's office.

If you submit your absentee ballot application by mail, your Municipal Clerk's office must receive it by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the election. You may also submit your application in person anytime before 5:00 p.m. prior to Election Day. To ensure that you are able to return your absentee ballot on time, make sure to submit your application as soon as possible.

Once you have completed your absentee ballot, you must return it so that your Municipal Clerk's office receives the ballot by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Secretary of State