Absentee ballots en route to voters who’ve submitted requests

Absentee Ballot

MADISON, Wis. — Absentee ballots for the upcoming November election are now on their way to voters who’ve already submitted a request to local election officials.

Voters who are casting their votes with an absentee ballot this year should make sure that their ballot certificate envelope is fully sealed and completed before returning it to the Madison Clerk’s Office, according to guidance from the city.

Fully completed ballot certificate envelopes will include the voter’s signature, a witness signature, and a witness address. Absentee voters must return their own ballots, though voters with disabilities can get help from others when mailing or delivering their absentee ballots.

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When returning absentee ballots, voters have a few options for returning their ballots, the simplest of which is returning ballots by mail. Voters can also hand-deliver their ballots at any in-person absentee voting location starting Oct. 25. Ballots can also be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office before in-person absentee voting starts.

Finally, voters will have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to return their ballot to their polling place. Voters can find their polling place by visiting MyVote.WI.gov.


Following a ruling from the Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier this year, absentee ballot drop boxes are prohibited from use. All of the drop boxes around Madison will remain locked as a result.

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Any voters who plan to vote absentee by mail for the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election should request their ballots as soon as possible; requests can be made in writing to the City Clerk’s Office or online at MyVote.WI.gov.

More information on the absentee ballot return process is available on the city’s website.