Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may submit a request to vote an absentee ballot to their municipal clerk.  A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.  Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued. 

You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing or online at


Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the election.  You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter or you may apply for an absentee ballot online at  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, proof of identification, and your signature.  You may make application to your municipal clerk for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, by fax, by email or at

Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:

5 pm on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Note:  ecial absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.



Voting an absentee ballot in person


You may also request an appointment to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office or other specified location beginning Tuesday, October 20, 2020 during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.  *Absentee voting is by appointment only unless noted below.



Town of Townsend

Linda Ziegler (715) 276-6856

16564 Elm Street, Townsend, WI 54175



The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.  Extended in-person absentee voting hours may be available by appointment.  The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place before the polls close on November 3, 2020.  Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.