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How the voting process works in Wisconsin

The freedom to vote is what separates the United States from other countries around the world. Whether you are participating in local politics or the next presidential election, voting is your exclusive chance to make your voice heard. And with so many pressing issues to address, participating in the voting process is an instrumental part of being an active citizen.

In the state of Wisconsin, the Government Accountability Board handles all voting matters. Utilizing the MyVote Wisconsin portal, residents can find a ton of information about upcoming elections, voting procedures and everything else about this critical government-related process.

Using MyVote Wisconsin

Whether you are a regular voter, a military member or a Wisconsin voter located overseas, the one-stop place to go for voting information is MyVote Wisconsin. Here, you can find answers to all your voting-related questions.

One of the main functions of MyVote Wisconsin is voter registration. You can use the voter search function to find out if you are registered to vote by searching by your last name, first name and date of birth. Once you find your name, you can read more about who holds office in your area, where you can vote and what is on your ballot. Additionally, you can find voting information based on your address. If you do not come up in the system, the website will provide you with options to submit voter registration forms.

MyVote Wisconsin also features several other useful sections, including “What’s On My Ballot” and “Where Do I Vote.” The first page shows you the contests and candidates that will appear on your ballot when there is a scheduled election in your voting area. The latter page shows your assigned polling place. Keep in mind that your polling place can change from election to election.

Absentee Ballots in Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents who travel overseas may not be home in time to participate in the voting process. However, a regular voter or a voter who is overseas with the intent to return to the Wisconsin address where he or she is registered to vote can request an absentee ballot by mail or in person. Keep in mind that Wisconsin overseas voters may only vote for federal offices.

Regular voters using an absentee ballot must return the ballot via U.S. postal service, postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election. Other delivery methods such as FedEx or UPS are also allowed, but the absentee ballot must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

This process is also available for military members who want to participate in the electoral process while stationed outside of Wisconsin. Military voters who participate using an absentee ballot can do so on the MyVote Wisconsin website or by requesting an absentee ballot by mail, e-mail or fax. Military voters using the absentee ballot process must place the completed ballot in an envelope and complete the absentee ballot certification (including a witness signature). The absentee ballot must be returned by mail and must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received at the clerk’s office no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.

Absentee ballot voters can check the status of their ballots on the MyVote Wisconsin website. Here, voters can see the dates the ballots were sent, the dates the ballots were received at their municipal clerk’s office and additional information, such as if their ballots were cancelled.