Wednesday 17 October 2012

Absentee Balloting

Posted at 4:21 PM

Some things to remember for the November 6, 2012 election:

In-person absentee voting with your municipal clerk begins October 22, 2012 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012, or later if your municipal clerk has later office hours on November 2, 2012.  Having an absentee ballot mailed to you ends at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012 (except for military or indefinitely confined voters).  If there’s a chance you may not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day, contact your municipal clerk before the deadlines for your absentee ballot.  There is nothing the municipal clerk or the County Clerk can do for you for an absentee ballot after Friday, November 2, 2012 (except for hospitalized electors or sequestered jurors).

There is a residency requirement of 28 consecutive days before Election Day in order to register and vote (with proper proof of residency).  If you have not lived in your municipality for 28 consecutive days before Election Day, but you have previously lived in Wisconsin, you will have to contact your previous municipal clerk to vote absentee or you will have to go to your previous polling place on Election Day.  If you are a new Wisconsin voter and have not lived in your municipality for 28 consecutive days before Election Day, with proper proof of residency, you will be allowed to cast a Presidential ballot once you have completed the proper paperwork.

Voters can now use electronic versions of acceptable documents that contain a current and complete name and address to serve as proof of residence when registering to vote.  However, it is not the responsibility of the municipality to provide the electronic device, the internet access, or the wireless network.

A new site launched by GAB to assist voters is  At this site you can check to see if, and where, you’re registered to vote, your voting record, the ballot you are eligible for, and a whole lot more.  This is also the site for the military and permanently overseas voters to use for direct access to their absentee ballot.  


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