Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Election and Voting Information

Absentee Voting

Absentees are not issued through this office. The following is provided for your information only.

Please note: 2011 Act 227 prohibits a voter who has voted and returned an absentee ballot from voting at the polling place on election day.

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on election day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day and who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for 10 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered.


To receive an absentee ballot:
Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the requested election date(s). Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. REMEMBER you must be registered at the address you are requesting the absentee ballot for.

Please note: Absentee requests for ballots sent by mail must be accompanied by a copy of an acceptable form of voter ID. Once you have sent the Municipal Clerk’s Office a photocopy of your ID, you will not need to send copies with future requests. Please contact your municipal clerk with any questions about the absentee process. Make sure your vote counts!

Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined at home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact your municipal clerk.

You can also personally go to the clerk’s office and vote absentee.


BY MAIL: The deadline for making application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the election. (For military, indefinitely confined electors and sequestered jurors the deadline remains at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before an election).

IN PERSON: In-Person Absentee Voting dates and hours are set by individual municipalities. Please refer to the Dane County Directory for contact information of all municipal clerks in Dane County.

For further information on absentee voting visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s Absentee Voting page.