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Absentee ballots are available two weeks before each election.

Voting by absentee ballot:

There are two ways to obtain an absentee ballot:

1. In person: Come to the Clerk's Office at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Room 103, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday starting two weeks before each election. State law requires in-person absentee voting to cease when the Clerk's Office closes for business the Friday before the election.

2. By mail: Absentee ballots will be mailed to registered voters if a written request is submitted. You MUST include a copy of your acceptable photo identification with your first request going forward. (effective 09/12/14)

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.
  • Copy of acceptable photo identification (effective 09/12/2014)

Mail the request to City Clerk, City-County Building, Room 103, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Madison, WI 53703-3342. Ballots will be mailed out through the Thursday before the election. Absentee ballots must postmarked on or before election day and must be received in the City Clerk's Office no later than Friday of election week. Ballots received after the Friday of election week will not be counted.

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 (page link)


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 elector, 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 (page link).

Return Completed Requests to:

Madison City Clerk

210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #103

Madison, WI 53703