For federal elections, absentee ballots will be in the mail beginning 47 days before the election. For elections that do not include federal offices, absentee ballots will be in the mail beginning three weeks before Election Day. All absentee ballots are sent to the polls to be counted on Election Day.
Voters may verify their registration, polling place, sample ballot, and absentee ballot status at My Vote Wisconsin.
In-person absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 General Election begins on Monday, September 26, 2016.
Absentee ballots will be mailed to registered voters if a written request is submitted. Absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s Office in time for delivery to the polls on Election Day.
You do not need to use a form, however. You can send a written request that must include:
Address to which the ballot should be mailed
Copy of voter ID, if not already on file in Clerk’s Office
Mail the request to:
City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
Madison, WI 53703
Alternatively, email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballots will be mailed out through the Thursday before the election.
Permanent Absentee Ballot
If you are indefinitely confined because of severe and continued physical illness, disability or infirmities of aging, you can receive an absentee ballot on a permanent basis by printing out and mailing in this form:
Qualifying Care Facilities
View the schedule of Special Voting Deputy visits to qualifying care facilities for the November 8, 2016 election.
Madison Voters Temporarily Overseas
You may e-mail your absentee request to email@example.com. Your request should include your name, the address at which you are registered to vote, and the address to which we should send the ballot. If you haven't already submitted a copy of your voter ID to the Clerk's Office, you will need to include a picture or scan of your ID with your request.
Your ballot will be included in the first batch of ballots we mail out. For the fastest service, request that we send your ballot to an e-mail address. Sign the certification statement on the absentee envelope and have a U.S. citizen who is 18 or older sign the envelope as a witness. Your witness will need to write his or her address under the witness signature. If you cannot find a U.S. citizen nearby, you can have a U.S. citizen witness via Skype. You will need to mail the sealed absentee certificate envelope to your witness. Once the witness signs your envelope, he or she will need to mail it to the City Clerk's Office.
Seal the certificate envelope in a larger envelope bearing the words, "Absentee Ballot Enclosed," your name written legibly and your ward number (found above your name on your absentee envelope). We must receive your ballot by Election Day.