Vote Absentee

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot.

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Voting by Absentee Ballot 

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

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.

Note:  Special 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.

Reasons to vote absentee:

It’s free! Your ballot is mailed to you with a postage-paid return envelope.

It’s Easy! You can either return your absentee ballot by mail to the City of Racine, City Hall.

The time to request an absentee ballot has passed. If you requested or mailed an absentee ballot, you can track it at MyVote.wi.govYou 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 return them to Central Count on Election Day.

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?
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

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?
  • City Hall room 207, 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. City Hall from 8AM-4:30PM. Please call (262) 636-9171 and we will be out to assist you.


    Voting an absentee ballot in person

    You may also request and vote an absentee ballot at posted locations
    during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

    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:

    City Hall

    730 Washington Ave, Room 207 
    All regular business days

    March 19, 2024 – March 29, 2024 8AM-4:30PM

    Saturday, March23, 2024 and March 30, 2024 9AM-12PM


    Tyler-Domer Community Center

    2301 12th Street Racine, WI 53405

    March 19, 2024 10AM-4PM

    Dr. Martin Luther Jr. King Community Center

    1134 Dr. King Dr. Racine, WI 53404

    March 20, 2024 10AM-4PM

    John Bryant Center

    601 Caron Butler Blvd. Racine, WI 53403

    March 21, 2024 10AM-4PM


    75 7th St. Racine, WI 53403

    March 22, 2024 10AM-4PM

    Cesar Chavez Community Center and Douglas Park

    2221 Douglas Ave Racine, WI 53402

    March 25, 2024 – March 28, 2024 10AM-4PM

    Saturday, March 30, 2024 9AM-12PM 

    Humble Park Community Center

    2200 Blaine Ave Racine, WI 53405

    March 25, 2024 – March 28, 2024 10AM-4PM

    Saturday, March 23, 2024 9AM-12PM 

    COP House- Polzin

    1900 16th St. Racine, WI 53403

    By Appointment Only

    COP House- Styberg

    2437 Anthony Ln. Racine, WI 53404 

    By Appointment Only


    The last day to vote an absentee ballot is: Sunday, February 18, 2024

    The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 8:00 PM. Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.

    For questions about voting or serving as a poll worker, contact:

    Tara Coolidge City of Racine

    Tara McMenamin

    City Clerk & Treasury Manager
    [email protected]
    Call 262-636-9171

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    730 Washington Avenue
    Racine, Wisconsin 53403
    Main Phone: (262) 636-9171