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Wisconsin is one of the six key battleground states that will be most important to winning a progressive majority in 2020. Find out what you can do right now.

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About This State

Badgers, badgers, badgers. Everyone is counting on you this year. We won’t get into why. Water under the bridge. We love you and your Rodgers and your cheese curds -- anything you need this year, you let us know. We’ll come shovel your driveway if it means getting out a few more votes in Waukesha County. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about voting in Wisconsin this year.

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UPDATE

Wisconsin is mailing absentee ballot applications to all voters because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Any voter can also request an absentee ballot without an excuse online or by mail. If you are requesting an absentee ballot, election officials must receive your application by Oct. 29. Absentee ballots must be signed by a witness, and received by Election Day Nov. 3.

The Supreme Court ruled that ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 will only be counted if they are received by November 3rd. Return your ballot as early as possible and keep checking the Wisconsin Elections site here:

Wisconsin Election Updates

Why Is This State Special?

Wisconsin broke hearts in 2016 and could be the closest battleground state of all in 2020. While Trump won Wisconsin by less than one point in 2016, Wisconsin Democrats turned it around in 2018 and won the governorship by less than one point. Wisconsin may be a more tough state to win than Pennsylvania or Michigan because it has more rural areas, but the Democratic victories in 2018, combined with a new and improved organizing strategy, could help the party pull out a win in 2020.

ROAD TO WIN

Road to Win

Electoral College Votes

10

Delegates for the DNC

84

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MAKE A PLAN

Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, what’s important is making a plan to do it as early as possible.

Key Dates

Oct 14

Voter Registration Deadline (By mail or online)

Oct 20

Recommended Deadline to Send Back Ballot*

Oct 29

Vote By Mail Request Deadline

Oct 20 – Nov 1

Early Voting (in-person absentee)

Nov 3

Election Day

Register to Vote

  • How do I register to vote?

    If you’ve never voted before, or if you’ve relocated and are voting in a new state, you can register here. We’re working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don’t fuck it up.

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  • How do I make sure I’m registered?

    Registered before? Double-check your registration to make sure your registration is still valid.

    Check yours
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Yes, you can register on Election Day (but why wait? Do it now!)

    Register now

Get Your Ballot

  • What are the vote by mail requirements in my state?

    All registered Wisconsin voters will receive an absentee ballot application. You can also submit an absentee ballot application online or by mail at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/, no excuse necessary. Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8pm on Election Day by mail or in-person to your Municipal Clerk.

  • How do I request my ballot?

    Different states have different request rules, so use this tool to get your request form (even if you don’t have a printer!)

    Get yours

Cast Your Mail Ballot

  • If I’m voting by mail, when do I send my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    You’ve probably heard that USPS will be handling a high volume of mail and will likely be experiencing delays. That’s why we recommend mailing your ballot by October 20th at the latest if you plan on sending your ballot through USPS. When filling out your ballot, make sure to double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. Check to see if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements and postage, if necessary. Learn about alternative return options below.

  • Does my state require my ballot to be postmarked or delivered by Election Day?

    Ballots must be delivered by 8 PM on Election Day in order to be counted.

  • What are my non-mail ballot return options?

    A voter can hand deliver an absentee ballot they received by mail to the clerk. Ballots can be returned to the clerk’s office, an early voting site, or the voter’s polling place on election day. Municipal Clerks can also establish ballot drop boxes to accept absentee ballots, but local options vary, so make sure to contact your Municipal Clerk to find out your return options. A family member or another person may also return the ballot on behalf of the voter. Voters who received their ballot by mail and do not have access to a witness could potentially appear at the clerk’s office or in-person absentee site to vote their ballot and have the clerk or clerk staff serve as a witness for the voter. The deadline for voters to return their ballot is 8pm on Election Day.

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  • Can I track my ballot?

    Yes, Wisconsin provides ballot tracking here:

    Track yours

Vote By Mail: What If?

  • What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide I want to vote in person instead?

    If you receive your ballot before Election Day, you can drop off your mail ballot in person at your Municipal Clerk’s office, or vote early at your Municipal Clerk’s office using an in-person absentee ballot. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person. If you request a ballot and want to vote at a polling place instead, contact your Municipal Clerk to determine your options.

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  • What if I don’t receive my ballot by October 20th?

    If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it at least 14 days before the election, call your Municipal Clerk’s office to see if you can request a replacement, or request an absentee ballot online at myvote.wi.gov. You can also go to your Municipal Clerk’s office during early voting to request an absentee ballot and vote in-person. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person.If you still don’t receive it before Election Day, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place. The earlier that you request your ballot, the less of a chance you won’t receive it in time.

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Voting In-Person

  • Can I vote early in person?

    If you decide to vote in person, early voting is the safest option--lines will be shorter and allow for easier social distancing. You can vote early in Wisconsin by completing an absentee ballot in-person at your local municipal clerk's office from Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 1. If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk's office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot. To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your municipal clerk, or visit myvote.wi.gov to find your polling place.

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  • What if I want to vote in-person on Election Day?

    If you are voting on Election Day, wear a mask and keep an appropriate social distance from fellow voters. If you are in line before polls close, do not leave. You legally must be permitted to vote. If you witness any incidents of voter suppression, contact 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683).

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  • Do I need an ID to vote in person?

    Yes, yes you do. A state driver's license, state ID card, military ID card, US passport, tribal ID, certificate of naturalization, state accredited college ID with signature, or a receipt from the DMV saying your petition for an ID is in process -- all of those would work. Check for updates and learn more about your state's voter ID laws here:

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  • How do I find out where I go to vote?

    As we get closer to in-person early voting, our Make a Plan tool will have up-to-date information from every state on your voting locations (and ballot drop locations).

WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?

Use our voter guide to see who and what will be on the ballot when you vote. States are finalizing who and what are on your ballot this year. You can use this tool to check and see if your ballot is available. Your full ballot will be available by October 8.

Races To Watch

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Resources

  • If you run into any issues while voting, call 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683), a voter hotline is monitored 24/7/365 with voting experts who are ready to field questions pertaining to felon disenfranchisement, voter purging, poll worker misconduct, voter machines, accessibility, and more.

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • The Wisconsin Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values.

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