Voting by Absentee Ballot for the April 4, 2023 Spring Election
Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. 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 unless the elector is otherwise exempt from this requirement.
You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.
Contact your municipal clerk to request an application for an absentee ballot. You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter. 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, your date of birth, your signature, and a copy of your valid photo ID. You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail, email, or online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/.
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: March 30 , 2023
No early voting on Monday, April 3, 2023 in the City of Racine
Voting an absentee ballot in person
You may also request and vote an absentee ballot at any of the following dates, times, and locations listed below:
The last day to vote an absentee ballot is: Saturday, February 18, 2023
The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 8:00 PM. Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.
Special Voting Deputy Schedule
The City of Racine will be conducting absentee voting for the residents who have requested an
absentee ballot at the following locations:
Wednesday March 15, 2023 9:00 a.m. at 2015 Prospect St.
Wednesday March 15, 2023 1:00 p.m. at 1600 Ohio St.
Thursday March 16, 2023 9:00 a.m. at 1700 C A Becker St.
Thursday March 16, 2023 1:00 p.m. at 3950 N Main St
Friday March 17, 2023 9:00 a.m. at 1916 Wisconsin Ave.
Friday March 17, 2023 2:00 p.m. at 5111 Wright Ave.
Monday March 20, 2023 9:00 a.m. at 1600 Ohio St.
Monday March 20, 2023 2:00 p.m. at 2015 Prospect St.
Tuesday March 21, 2023 9:00 a.m. at 3950 N Main St
Tuesday March 21, 2023 2:00 p.m. at 1700 C A Becker St.
Wednesday March 22, 2023 9:00 a.m. at 5111 Wright Ave.
Wednesday March 22, 2023 2:00 p.m. at 1916 Wisconsin Ave.
Absentee Voting FAQs
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, and is not currently serving a sentence including probation or parole for a felony conviction.
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: Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee to request an absentee ballot and track its status.
- Mail: Download the Application For Absentee Ballot Form EL-121.
- By email or fax: (By Oct. 29. Send an email to [email protected] and fax it to 262-636-9548.)
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 can I bring my absentee ballot to be accepted?
- DPW City Hall room 207, at noticed dates and times
Mobile Election Unit (MEU), at noticed dates and times
Can I use the drop box outside of City Hall?
The red City Hall drop box MAY NOT be used for ballots. Any ballots left in the drop box will be returned to the voter via USPS mail.
Can I deliver someone else’s ballot?
Pursuant to the Voting Rights Act, any Wisconsin voter who requires assistance with mailing or delivering their absentee ballot to the municipal clerk because of a disability must be permitted to receive such assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union. For more information please see the Wisconsin Election Commision website
Do I need Photo ID to return my ballot?
- No, an ID is not required.
Can I call when I am outside and have someone come to my car to collect my ballot?
- Yes, curbside voting is available during all times early absentee voting is occurring in that location. DPW City Hall from 8AM-4:30PM. Please call (262) 636-9171 and we will be out to assist you.
Can I return my absentee ballot to the MEU?
- Yes, ballots may be accepted at the MEU when it is open and available for early voting. We will not be accepting ballots outside of those hours. (Check the Type E notice posted for dates and times)