Three reasons to vote absentee:
It’s free! Your ballot is mailed to you with a postage-paid return envelope.
It’s safe! No need to go out in public during a pandemic when you vote absentee.
It’s easy! You can either return your absentee ballot by mail or the City of Racine has 16 secure drop off boxes around town.
The time to request an absentee ballot has passed. If you requested or mailed an absentee ballot, you can track it at MyVote.wi.gov. You will know once it’s been mailed to you, when you can expect it to be delivered and when it’s been received.
Absentee Ballots must be received by Election Day. Postmarked ballots on or before Election Day will not count if the City does not receive them before the polls close at 8 PM on Election Day.
If you have not yet returned your ballot, please use one of our 16 drop boxes by 7 PM on Election Day.
After 7 PM on Election Day, unreturned absentee ballots must be taken to your polling location no later than 8 PM.
Absentee Ballot Drop Off Locations
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can vote by absentee ballot?
Any qualified, registered voter who is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older and has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least 28 days.
What do I need in order to request an absentee ballot?
You will need an approved form of identification which may include:
- Wisconsin driver license or state ID
- Military ID card
- U.S. Passport
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Recognized Indian Tribe ID card
- Veteran Affairs ID card
- Wisconsin accredited college ID card
How do I request an absentee ballot?
- Online. By Oct. 29. Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee to request an absentee ballot and track its status.
- Mail. By Oct. 29. Download the Application For Absentee Ballot Form EL-121.
- By email or fax (for Military and overseas voters only. By Oct. 29. Send an email to [email protected] and fax it to 262-636-9548. Before the ballot can be counted on election day, the municipal clerk must have received a request from the voter with an original signature. (Print your emailed request, sign it, and return it with your ballot, but outside the certified ballot envelope.)
How long will it take to get my absentee ballot?
Once your absentee ballot request has been received, validated and processed, it will be mailed to you through the USPS and should take about a week. It is best to request your absentee ballot as early as possible.
What should I do if I haven’t received my absentee ballot?
You can check the status of your request at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/ViewMyAbsenteeRequest
How do I complete my absentee ballot?
- Follow the instructions that come with your ballot.
- Vote in the presence of an adult witness, who must sign the ballot envelope and provide their address.
- You must also sign the ballot envelope, so we know no one else voted your ballot.
- For more detailed instructions, see the Uniform Instructions for Wisconsin Absentee Voters.
Do I need my absentee ballot notarized?
You do not need to have your absentee ballot notarized. The absentee ballot instructions above outline that you must vote in the presence of a witness which could be a friend, spouse, family member, neighbor, etc.
Do I need to include a copy of my ID with my absentee ballot?
If you have received your ballot, then a copy of your photo ID is already on file or you are exempt from the requirement. You do not need to provide another copy of the photo ID unless instructed by your clerk.
Where do I return by absentee ballot?
- Drop off. By 8 p.m. Nov. 3. The City of Racine has 18 secure drop boxes in various locations around town for drop off at your convenience. The ballets are collected daily by the City Clerk for secure storage until election day.
- By mail. By 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Please note that you must allow enough time for mail delivery so that your absentee ballot arrives by election day.