Absentee voting deadline approaching for spring election in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin voters who are voting absentee by mail must act soon, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

“More than 390,000 Wisconsin voters have requested absentee ballots by mail, but less than 96,000 have been recorded as returned,” said Meagan Wolfe, administrator for the Wisconsin Elections Commission. “Your ballot must arrive by Election Day to be counted and the US Postal Service says it can take up to seven days for a letter to arrive. If you’re planning to mail your ballot back, you should mail it back as soon as possible.”

Voters who still need to request an absentee ballot by mail should also act immediately, Wolfe said. Registered voters can make their requests online at https://myvote.wi.gov.  She urged people not to wait until the 5 p.m. April 1 deadline.

Voters running up against absentee voting by-mail deadlines have the option of voting absentee in-person in their clerk’s office or a satellite voting location.

“We want citizens to choose the option for voting that works best for them, but time is running out. For voters who choose to vote absentee by mail, we want to be sure they have the information they need to navigate that process,” said Wolfe. “Of course, every voter who is eligible to vote in the state can also vote in-person absentee in their clerk’s office or at their polling place on election day.”

Statistics showing the numbers of absentee ballots requested and returned are available on the WEC website: https://elections.wi.gov/publications/statistics/absentee. The reports show numbers for individual counties and municipalities.

Election Day is April 6. Polls are open to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.