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Voting early in person in our office via absentee ballot occurs during the two weeks before each election.

For the August and November 2016 elections, absentee ballots will be available to be mailed starting 47 days before each election.

Voting by absentee ballot:

There are two ways to obtain an absentee ballot:

1. In person: Absentee voting hours and locations are listed on the City Calendar.  Absentee voting for the November 8 General Election will begin in the City Clerk’s Office on Monday, September 26.  The City Clerk’s Office will be open for absentee voting weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For weekend voting hours in the Clerk’s Office, voters should use the Wilson Street entrance to the City-County Building.  The Clerk’s Office will be open for voting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The Clerk’s Office will be open for voting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, October 29 and November 5.  The Clerk’s Office will also be open for voting from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, October 30 and November 6.

2. By mail: 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:

  • Name,
  • Madison address,
  • Address to which the ballot should be mailed,
  • Signature, and
  • Copy of voter ID, if not already on file in Clerk’s Office.

Mail the request to:

City Clerk, City-County Building

Room 103

210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Madison, WI 53703-3342.

Or email the request to:

Ballots will be mailed out through the Thursday before the election.

To receive an absentee ballot on a permanent basis:

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:

         Permanent Absentee Ballot Request


To receive an absentee ballot in the hospital:

If you are in the hospital and unable to go to the polls on election day, you can receive an absentee ballot by appointing an agent to deliver and return your completed ballot.  The voter, assigned agent, and witness need to complete the absentee request form.  To obtain a ballot in the hospital, you can use this form:

Hospitalized Absentee Ballot Request

Return Completed Requests to:

Madison City Clerk

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #103

Madison, WI 53703