Press Release: March 26, 2020 The April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary

The April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary is occurring as scheduled and polling locations will be open.


The County Clerk strongly recommends that anyone planning to vote absentee should request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them as soon as possible.


  • You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot.

  • The deadline to register by mail to vote has passed.

  • The deadline to register online to vote has been extended by federal court order until March 30.

  • Voters who need to register may also do so in person at their municipal clerk's office until the Friday before the election and on Election Day at the polling place.

  • Voters should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible for April 7. The deadline is April 2, but do not wait!

  • Request your absentee ballot online at https://myvote.wi.gov


We want everyone who is eligible and who wants to vote to be able to do so safely. Absentee voting will also greatly reduce crowds at polling places on Election Day, which will make social distancing much easier.”


How to Request an Absentee Ballot:

There are several ways registered voters can request absentee ballots. If they have internet access, the easiest way is to sign up at MyVote Wisconsin, https://myvote.wi.gov.

Just look for the “Vote Absentee” button near the top of the page. On a mobile phone, use the menu button in the upper right corner of the website. There is a three-step process that starts with putting in your name and date of birth, followed by requesting your ballot. If you don’t already have a photo ID on file with your clerk’s office, you can upload a copy. Mobile phone users can take a picture and upload it to MyVote. Absentee ballot requests submitted this way go directly to your clerk’s office, and you can track your ballot by returning to the website. Voters can also request absentee ballots by mailing, emailing or faxing their municipal clerk’s office. You can find your clerk’s contact information on MyVote Wisconsin. These requests must be accompanied by a copy of your photo ID. If you already have a photo ID on file from previous absentee requests under your current registration, you will not need to provide it again.


Voters who are indefinitely confined, meaning they may have difficulty getting to the polls for reason of age, illness, infirmity, or disability are not required to provide a photo ID. Voters in care facilities can have a representative of the facility confirm the resident's identity instead of providing a photo ID. More information on photo ID and exemptions can be found at bringit.wi.gov. The deadline for registered voters to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is the Thursday before the election, April 2. However, do not wait, due to possible delays in mail delivery. If you get an absentee ballot mailed to you, you can still decide to vote at the polls on Election Day if you haven’t returned it. Your absentee ballot must be received in your clerk’s office or at your polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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