Wisconsin | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline: Submitted or postmarked 20 days before Election Day.

Online Voter Registration Deadline: 20 days before Election Day at 11:59 p.m.

Deadline to register in person at your municipal clerk’s office: Friday at 5 p.m. before Election Day.

You can also register to vote at the polls on Election Day.


  • Mail-In and Online Voter Registration Deadline for General Election: October 14 at 11:59 p.m.(online) or postmarked (mail)

  • In-Person Registration Deadline for General Election: October 30 at 5 p.m.

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

To register to vote online you must have your current Wisconsin driver’s license or ID number. When registering using Wisconsin’s paper form, you must provide a copy of or show proof of residence when registering to vote or reregistering to change a name or address. 

Acceptable proof-of-residence documents must contain a name and current address and must be one of the following:

  • A current Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card

  • Another ID card or license issued by Wisconsin

  • Any government document or check including benefits and federal student loan documents

  • A university, college, or technical college photo ID card ONLY if the voter provides a tuition fee receipt from the last 9 months

  • Public university and technical college correspondence and documents including admissions correspondence, financial aid notices, tuition fee receipts, report cards, schedules, or MyUW-Madison/ Student Center webpages

  • An employer photo ID with a current address

  • A real property tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election

  • Bank or credit union statement

  • A utility bill like gas, electric, water, cell phone, or cable bill for a period beginning no earlier than 90 days before Election Day

  • Paycheck or paystub

  • A bank or credit card statement Current residential lease (Not valid if registering by mail)

  • A contract or intake document for a residential care facility

  • A tribal ID from a federally recognized Indian tribe (must meeting address requirements)

  • An affidavit on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.

Wisconsin’s voter registration form asks for your Wisconsin driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Both in-person and absentee Wisconsin voters MUST show one of the following types of photo ID at the polls or submit a copy with the absentee ballot request. 

Acceptable forms of ID include:

If unexpired or expired after the most recent general election:

  • Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card (must be current or expired after the last general election) [Suspended or revoked licenses are valid]

  • Military or uniformed service ID card

  • U.S. Passport or card

The following IDs are also accepted:

  • Certificate of naturalization issued within two years of the general election’s date

  • Tribal ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin

  • An expired or unexpired college, university or technical college student ID card with a signature, an issuance date, and an expiration date no later than two years after the issuance date. If the ID is expired, it must be presented with proof of current enrollment like a tuition fee receipt or letter verifying enrollment, as a paper copy or displayed on a smartphone or tablet. However, even if your ID is unexpired, in an abundance of caution, you should still be prepared to present or mail in (if voting absentee by mail) your proof of current enrollment.

  • Ticket/citation from the last 60 days if you had to surrender your driver’s license

  • A Veterans’ ID that is unexpired or that has no expiration date

  • A driver’s license or ID receipt from DOT (valid 45 days from date issued)

  • A Wisconsin DMV ID Petition Process Photo Receipt (valid for 180 days from date issued)

For more information about acceptable photo IDs, please visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PhotoIDRequired.

Photo ID does NOT need to have any address or a current address, just your name and photo. If you do not have an accepted form of voter ID, a free voter ID card can be obtained from the DMV office. To get info on that process, visit bringit.wi.gov.

Where Do I Vote?
How Can I Vote?


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application form.

Curbside voting may be available at polling places for disabled voters, or those who are immunocompromised or currently showing active COVID-19 symptoms. Contact your municipal clerk to check if this option will be available.

Your municipality may also offer outdoor voting locations. Contact your municipal clerk for additional information.

By Mail

  • Wisconsin voters can request a mail-in absentee ballot at myvote.wi.gov or print out the form. No excuse is required.

  • Requests for absentee ballots must be received by mail, email, or fax by 5 p.m. five days before the election (the Thursday before Election Day) or completed in person at the general registrar’s office by 5 p.m. four days before the election. (the Friday before Election Day).

  • When voting by mail, you must vote with an adult witness. Unless you’re a military voter or voting overseas, your witness must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 18 years old. If you’re having trouble finding a witness, please contact your municipal clerk’s office. Find more information about returning your mail-in ballot at https://elections.wi.gov/voters/absentee.

  • Completed ballots must be returned so that they are received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-person

In the two weeks before Election Day, you can vote early at a municipal clerk’s office. Check with your clerk for the dates and hours.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.

Will registering to vote in Wisconsin affect my driver’s license or car registration?


Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Wisconsin legal professional.


Last updated August 2020