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The City of Madison Clerk’s Office is accepting absentee ballot requests for the 2020 elections.

State law allows voters to submit absentee requests for up to one calendar year at a time.  Voters who are confined to their home due to age or disability may submit a permanent absentee request covering all future elections.

Before requesting an absentee ballot, the Clerk’s Office suggests that voters verify their registration at  Voters with a Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID card may update their registration online at https://MyVote.wi.govVoter registration is also available at the front desk of every City of Madison agency, including all Madison Public Library locations. 

Voters are not required to use a specific absentee request form.  They may submit an absentee request online at, use the form on the Clerk’s Office website, or send a note to the Clerk’s Office.  The request needs to include the voter name, voter registration address, address to which the ballot should be mailed, and a copy or picture of voter ID (if not already on file with the Clerk’s Office).

The City Clerk’s Office sends all absentee ballots to the polls to be counted on Election Day.  In order for an absentee ballot to count, it must be returned early enough that the Clerk’s Office receives it by Election Day, the absentee envelope must be sealed, the voter must sign the envelope, the voter’s witness must sign the envelope, and the witness address must be listed on the envelope.

Voters may track the status of their absentee ballot request online at


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