Who can vote
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Wisconsin and have resided at the registration address for at least 10 days
- be 18 years old
- not have been convicted of treason, felony or bribery, or if you have, your civil rights have been restored after completion of your sentence or a pardon
- not have been found by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the electoral process
- not make or benefit from a bet or wage depending on the result of an election
- not have voted at any other location, if registering on election day
- *find more information on voting rights restoration here
Online voter registration
- Wisconsin offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Wisconsin ID to use Wisconsin’s online voter registration system. The address where you’re registering needs to match the address the DMV has on file for you. If you don’t have a Wisconsin ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
- You can register online to vote until Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
By-mail voter registration
Use the Wisconsin voter registration form
You can also register to vote using the Wisconsin voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: Provide your unexpired Wisconsin driver license or DOT-issued ID card number. If you do not have a current and valid DOT-issued driver license or ID card, provide the last four digits of your social security number. You must also provide Proof of Residence documentation when registering. All Proof of Residence documents must show your name and current residential address. Acceptable forms include: a copy of your current and valid State of WI Driver’s License or State ID card; any other official identification card or license issued by a WI governmental body or unit; any identification card issued by an employer with a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card; a real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; a university, college or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk; a gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before Election Day; a bank or credit card statement; a paycheck or paystub; a check or other document issued by a unit of government; a letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes; an intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: Wisconsin does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Not required.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
- If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.
Election Day registration
In-person voter registration
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Friday, October 30, 2020.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Elections Commission for Wisconsin or contacting your local election official.
Get step-by-step help
Military and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
- 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
- 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
- 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
Check your voter registration status
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
- The deadline to register online to vote is Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
- The deadline to register in person to vote is Friday, October 30, 2020.
- The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Thursday, October 29, 2020.
- The early voting period runs from Thursday, September 17, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
- You can also register and vote on Election Day.