What You Need to Know About Early Voting in Wisconsin

Planning to fill out an absentee ballot this year? Here’s what you need to know.

November is almost upon us, which means the presidential election is less than a month away. It’s easy to put off voter registration and early voting, but this year especially it’s best to not wait until the last minute given the influx in absentee voting expected due to the pandemic.

Below is a list of important dates for the 2020 Presidential Election for your voting convenience:

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For those looking to vote early, there are a couple of ways to do so: mail-in voting and in-person early voting at polling places.

For mail-in voting, head to My Vote Wisconsin to request your absentee ballot. To receive a ballot before election day, voters must request a ballot by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Due to the mass quantities of ballots being requested, they are recommending voters request them much sooner.

The deadline for a mail-in ballot to be counted on election night is for it to be delivered by 8 p.m. on election day. For those wanting to ensure their ballot is received, there are even absentee ballot drop off sites. Additionally, voters can track their mail-in ballots to ensure they are received. 

When absentee voting, there are some tips to make sure your ballot isn’t rejected. Most importantly, is to request your ballot early. It may seem obvious but always read the instructions of your ballot. If any questions arise, contact your election officials for clarification. When filling out the ballot, be careful to avoid any markings that could disqualify your ballot, such as tears and stray marks. And of course, return your ballot as soon as possible. 

For in-person early voting, these locations are available to cast your vote. In-person absentee early voting begins Oct. 20 through Nov. 1. 

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck