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Wisconsin offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Wisconsin by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Who can register to vote?
To register in Wisconsin you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Wisconsin and have resided at the registration address for at least 28 days prior to the election
- be 18 years old on or before Election Day
- 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
Can I register to vote online?
- Wisconsin offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Wisconsin driver's license or state ID card 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.
Can I submit voter registration forms by mail?
Use the Wisconsin voter registration form
You can 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 office.
Provide your unexpired Wisconsin driver license or DOT-issued ID card number.
- If you do not have one of these ID numbers, provide the last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
- If you do not have one of these ID numbers or SSN, you will still be able to register to vote.
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 but are not limited to:
- current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card
- any official ID card or license issued by the Wisconsin government
Find additional forms of proof of residence from the Wisconsin Election Commission.
Send the completed form to your local election office.
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Wisconsin does offer in-person registration on Election Day at your polling place.
Can I submit voter registration forms in person?
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Wisconsin Elections Commission's website or contacting your local election office.
How do I get help registering to vote?
If you’d like more help planning how to register, TurboVote can walk you through the process! They can also help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more.
How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your local election office.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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 local election office 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.
How can I check my voter registration status?
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Wisconsin's voter registration lookup tool.
Which election office should I contact?
- In Wisconsin, your local election office runs the elections in your area. They can help you with questions about registering to vote, voting by mail, and local elections.
- The Elections Commission oversees elections and election administration in Wisconsin. They can help you with questions about voting in your state, election security, or issues you might have at the polls. If you have concerns about voter intimidation, reach out immediately.
How do I contact my local election office?
Visit your state’s site to find your local election office.