Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What You Need to Know about Early Absentee Voting in Wisconsin

For Release: Tuesday - September 13, 2016

Early Absentee Voting in Wisconsin
In-Person or By Mail

What You Need to Know

Election day is November 8th – just 56 days from today! But opportunities to cast "early" votes – either by in-person absentee ballot or by mail absentee ballot begin very soon.

As a result of a July 2016 federal court decision, early absentee voting will begin across Wisconsin sooner than has been the case over the last five years. Early voting restrictions now removed include:
  • Limiting municipalities to one location (municipal clerk's office) for in-person absentee voting;
  • Requirement that in-person absentee voting run no earlier than two weeks before an election, and only take place on weekdays;
  • Prohibition on distributing absentee ballots by email or fax.
Determining the location and schedule for early in-person voting is the responsibility of individual cities, villages and towns. Therefore, implementation of these new changes will vary. For example, in the cities of Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay, early in-person voting is set to begin on September 26th; in Appleton and Oshkosh, early in-person voting is scheduled to start on October 17th.

In order to help Wisconsin voters understand their options in light of these recent changes, CC/WI has created a webpage with information on what Wisconsin voters need to know in order to vote with an early absentee ballot:

Early Absentee Voting in Wisconsin – In-Person or By Mail

The page contains important links and deadlines, and – as with our page on student voting – will be updated regularly with new information as we receive it. So check back often. And make sure everyone you know understands what they need to do in order to vote early – either by in-person absentee ballot or by mail – in the weeks and days leading up to the November 8th election.

Please feel free to share this information widely!


Jay Heck
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)


For Voting Information, contact
Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach
608/658-2109 (cell)

Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703

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