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.


Absentee voting locations are established by the Common Council at least two weeks before absentee voting begins for an election.

In-person absentee voting locations and hours.

Delivery by E-mail

Send your absentee request to Be sure to include your name, address at which you are registered to vote, e-mail address to which the ballot should be sent, and a copy or picture of your voter ID (if not already on file in the Clerk's Office). The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5:00 pm the Thursday before the election.

You will receive your ballot and absentee certification statement as attachments to an e-mail message. You will need to print the ballot and certification statement on paper and send them back to the City Clerk's Office through the mail. Absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s Office in time for delivery to the polls on Election Day.

Delivery by Mail

An Absentee Ballot Request form is available for your convenience, but you are not required to use a form.  You may submit an absentee request at My Vote Wisconsin (click on Vote Absentee at the top of the website), or you may send a written request that includes:

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

Send the request via email to, or mail the request to:
City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
Madison, WI 53703

Ballots will be mailed out through the Thursday before the election. Absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s Office in time for delivery to the polls on Election Day.

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 (no ID needed) by printing out and mailing in this form:

Permanent Absentee Ballot Request

Qualifying Care Facilities

Any voter who resides in a qualifying care facility and requests an absentee ballot will have their ballot brought to their facility by Special Voting Deputies. This process, known as SVD voting, is the exclusive means of absentee voting for occupants of residential care facilities and qualified retirement homes.

Special Voting Deputies (SVDs) are election officials who are trained and deputized by the City Clerk to perform the duties of SVD voting. SVDs will visit each facility two times in the three weeks prior to each election. The scheduled days and times will be publicly noticed and posted at each facility. SVDs must make two attempts to deliver an absentee ballot before that ballot can be mailed to the voter.

View the schedule of Special Voting Deputy visits to qualifying care facilities for the April 3, 2018 election.

SVD Voting is governed by State Statute 6.875. For more information on SVD voting, please view the Wisconsin Elections Commission guide Absentee Voting in Residential Care Facilities and Retirement Homes.

Madison Voters Temporarily Overseas

You may e-mail your absentee request to Your request should include your name, the address at which you are registered to vote, and the e-mail or street 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 and have a U.S. citizen who is 18 or older sign the certification as a witness. Your witness will need to write their 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 absentee ballot, sealed in an envelope with the certification statement attached to the outside of the envelope. Once the witness signs your envelope, they will need to mail it to the City Clerk's Office.

The envelope bearing the certification statement should be sealed in a larger envelope bearing the words, "Absentee Ballot Enclosed." Your name and ward number (found above your name on your absentee envelope) should be written legibly on the mailing envelope. We must receive your ballot by Election Day.