Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline: 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.
General Election Voter Registration Deadline (Online and By Mail): October 19
General Election Voter Registration Deadline (In person): November 4 @ 5 PM
General Election: November 8
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.
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. You must also provide proof of residence.
Acceptable proof-of-residence documents must contain a name and current address, some examples are:
A current Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card
Another ID card or license issued by the State of 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
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 tribal ID from a federally recognized Indian tribe (must meet address requirements)
Official Election Websites
How Can I Vote?
Any registered Wisconsin voter may vote by mail.
To request a mail ballot, visit
Requests for absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. the Thursday before Election Day
Except for military and overseas voters, Wisconsin voters who cast a mail ballot must do so in the presence of a witness. The witness must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 18 years old. If experience difficulty locating a witness, please contact your municipal clerk’s office.
You can return your ballot in-person at your municipal clerk's office or central count location. Please contact your municipal clerk's office to confirm locations.
Completed ballots must be returned so that they are received by 8 p.m. on 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.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Both in-person and absentee Wisconsin voters MUST show photo ID at the polls or submit a copy with their absentee ballot request. Voters who by reason of age, physical illness, infirmity, or disability may have difficulty travelling to the polling place are considered "indefinitely confined" and do not have to submit a copy of ID with their absentee ballot request form.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card (must be current or expired after the last general election)
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 (even if expired before the most recent general election)
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 (even if expired before the most recent general election). 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, if voting absentee by mail, mail a copy of your proof of current enrollment.
For a full list of acceptable photo IDs, please visit:
Photo ID does NOT need to list an address or a current address, only 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.
For more information, visit:
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Fair Elections Center has created "Know Your Voting Rights" guides for ten states where we have focused our work to help voters if they encounter problems at the polls in the 2022 midterm elections. These guides will help give in-person voters the tools to assert their rights and protect their freedom to vote. Voters have important rights under federal law, but some of these rules at the polling place vary by state. While most voters will likely have a smooth voting experience, we want to make sure that they understand what to do if they do run into challenges or other hurdles at the polls.