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Wisconsin

Population

5,822,434

Voting-Age Pop.

4,347,413

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 47 %
Trump 48 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 14, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee.

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  • No, residents of Wisconsin must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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No, residents of Wisconsin must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5pm on the Thursday before the election. You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request.

Applications must be received by: Oct 29, 5pm

Your application must be received by the clerk no later than 5pm on the Thursday before the election. You will also need to provide a copy of your acceptable photo ID with your request.

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  • Sept 17: An absentee ballot must start being sent 47 days before a federal election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 17: An absentee ballot must start being sent 47 days before a federal election.

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  • Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8pm on Election Day.


    The US Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.

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Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8pm on Election Day.


The US Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality. In-person absentee voting cannot occur more than two weeks before an election.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

Election Day registration, including permitting registered voters to update their address or name, is allowed.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

If you don't have other acceptable forms of ID, you may get a free Wisconsin ID card.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - bringit.wi.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Military ID Card

    Issued by a US uniformed service

  • US Passport

  • These IDs are Acceptable If Unexpired:

    A veteran’s photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs or a certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented.

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  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued Identification Card

    With or without a star in the right-hand corner

  • A Wisconsin DOT-Issued Identification Card or Driver's License

    Without a photo issued under the religious exemption

  • Photo Identification Card Issued by a Wisconsin Accredited University or College

    That contains date of issuance, signature of student and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment

  • These IDs are Acceptable If Unexpired:

    A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days), an identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days), a temporary identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT through the Identification Petition Process (valid for 180 days), a citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver’s license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election

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  • Identification Card

    Issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin, may be used even if expired before the most recent general election


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