What You Need To Know About Wisconsin’s Voting Laws Before November 3rd

With Election Day quickly approaching on Tuesday, November 3rd, this is a great time to make sure that you are all set to cast your ballot – whether you decide to do so in person at your polling site, or with an absentee ballot.  Here is some information to get you started:

To find your polling site go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace.

Per the Wisconsin Statutes, employers must give their employees (who are eligible Wisconsin voters) unpaid time off from work to vote, if requested by the employee prior to election day.  The employee is entitled to be absent from work while the polls are open for a period not to exceed three successive hours, although the employer may mandate the time of day when it will allow the absence.

Wisconsin’s voting laws do allow for voters to get help with casting their ballot (both for in-person and for absentee ballots) if they need assistance, and those rules can be found here.

Since not everyone can get to their designated polling places on election day, any qualified elector (a United States citizen that is 18 years of age or older, who has resided for at least 28 days in the district in which he or she intends to vote) who is registered to vote can request an absentee ballot by going to this website, or by making a request to your municipal clerk via a letter or email containing substantially the same information required on the Application for Absentee Ballot Form.

To register to vote, or to confirm your registration, go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote.

It is important to remember that voters who vote by absentee ballot must pay attention to follow the special rules in completing and signing the certificate on the ballot envelope and having the certificate witnessed.

Equally important is that there are deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot, which can be found here.

We hope that the above resources are helpful. The Wisconsin Elections Commission administers Wisconsin’s election laws, and more information on Wisconsin’s elections, including voter registration deadlines, can be found at its website.

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Kristy A. Christensen

Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Attorney at McCarty Law LLP
Kristy specializes in helping clients protect their brands and intellectual property, with a focus on trademarks and copyrights. She also advises financial institutions and businesses of every size on a variety of creditor law and construction law matters.