Dates to know for Nov 3 election

October 14, 2020:  Your last chance to register by mail or online.  Visit https://myvote.wi.gov to complete the registration process in minutes or find your municipal clerk’s mailing address.  

October 15 to November 1, 2020:  During this closed registration period, you must register to vote in your municipal clerk’s office or at a satellite voting location run by your municipal clerk.

October 20, 2020:  The first day that municipal clerks may offer in-person absentee voting in their office or a satellite location.  Start dates and office hours vary by municipality.  Please visit https://myvote.wi.gov  to find your municipal clerk office’s contact information and learn more about absentee voting in-person for the upcoming election. 

October 27, 2020:  Practical deadline for voters to return their mail absentee ballots to their municipal clerk’s office.  The US Postal Service recommends allowing one week for your completed absentee ballot to be delivered to your municipal clerk’s office.  After this date, voters should find other options for returning their absentee ballot, which include delivering it to their municipal clerk’s office or a secure drop box if one is provided by their clerk.  Most voters can also deliver their ballot to their polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day, but there are some exceptions. (See below.)

October 29, 2020:  The legal deadline for most voters to request an absentee ballot by mail.  Wolfe said it is unrealistic for any voter to wait this late to request an absentee ballot and expect to receive it in time to return it by Election Day to be counted.

October 30, 2020:  Final day to register to vote at your municipal clerk’s office.  Visit https://myvote.wi.gov to find your local clerk’s contact information and hours of operation.

November 1, 2020:  The last day that municipal clerks may offer in-person absentee voting in their office or a satellite location.  Most clerks only offer absentee voting in their office until Friday, October 30, and office hours vary by municipality.  Please visit https://myvote.wi.gov to find your municipal clerk office’s contact information and learn more about absentee voting in-person for the upcoming election. 

November 3, 2020:  Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters who are returning an absentee ballot to their polling place must get it there by 8 p.m.  However, there are 35 municipalities including Milwaukee and Green Bay that count absentee ballots at a central location.  Voters in those cities, villages and towns should check with their municipal clerk about where to return their ballots on Election Day.  A list of central count municipalities is available here: https://elections.wi.gov/clerks/guidance/central-count-absentee

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