Register to Vote

How to Register

Registration is open until 5 p.m. 20 days before an election. Wisconsin requires 10 days to establish residency at a new address. Temporary absence does not affect residency. Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 10 day residency requirement as long as you intend to return. When registering, you must show Proof of Residence, showing your current name at your current address. View acceptable forms of Proof of Residence.

All forms are available from the Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions' website. You may also access your voter information and needed forms from My Vote Wisconsin.

In person

During open registration, City of Madison residents may register to vote at any Madison Public Library, in the City Clerk’s Office, at the Madison Water Utility, or at the front desk of any other City of Madison agency.


To register to vote by mail, download and print the application above and mail the form to the City Clerk's office. The registration form must be postmarked at least 20 days before the election. You will need to include Proof of Residence with the form.

Mail application to:
City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
Madison, WI 53703

Register to Vote Absentee

Learn more about how to vote absentee. Registration information and absentee ballots are available for military and overseas voters. Members of the military are not required to register to vote, but must complete forms to vote absentee.

Register during Closed Registration

Once registration closes at 5 p.m. 20 days before an election, you may only register to vote in the City Clerk’s Office or other City of Madison in-person absentee voting site with proof of address, until the close of absentee voting at that site the Friday before the election.

Registering prior to Election Day is highly recommended to avoid long lines. However, it is possible to register at the polls on Election Day.