How to register to vote in Wisconsin
This article describes how to register to vote in Wisconsin. Wisconsin offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Wisconsin by printing a copy of the National 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.
Register to vote in Wisconsin In-person
- You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6. 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 Elections Commission for Wisconsin or contacting your local election official.
Who can vote
- To register in Wisconsin you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of Wisconsin and have resided at the registration address for at least 28 days
- Must be 18 years old
- No record of conviction of treason, felony or bribery, or if you have, your civil rights have been restored
- Not found by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the electoral process
- In addition, not make or benefit from a bet or wage depending on the result of an election or not have voted at any other location, if registering on election day
Register to vote in Wisconsin Online
- Wisconsin offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Wisconsin ID 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 to vote by mail.
- You can register online until Wednesday, October 17.
Register to vote in Wisconsin By-mail voter registration
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: Provide your driver’s license or DOT-issued ID card number. If you do not have a current and valid DOT-issued driver’s license or ID card, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: Wisconsin does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Not required.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 17.
- You must always provide a proof of residence when registering. Acceptable forms include: Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card; any other ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental agency or unit; employee ID card with a photograph; real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; student ID from a university, college or technical college with a fee receipt; student ID from a university, college or technical college with an on-campus housing listing provided by the university, college or technical college to the municipality; utility bill dated within 90 days; or a bank statement, a paycheck, a government check or other government-issued document.
Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Wisconsin
Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return 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 election official 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.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Wisconsin.
Check your 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.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
- The deadline to register online is Wednesday, October 17. By mail is Wednesday, October 17.
- The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
- You can also register and vote on Election Day.
Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.