Election and Voting FAQs
Do Absentee Voters have to provide a photo ID just like voters at the polls?
Yes, with limited exceptions. Registered voters requesting an absentee ballot online can upload a picture or scan of their photo ID at myvote.wi.gov. Those making the request by mail must provide a physical copy of their photo ID—like a paper photocopy or photograph. Wisconsin’s photo ID law contains an exception for absentee voters who are indefinitely confined to their homes due to age, disability, illness or infirmity. This exception was designed for voters with disabilities, seniors and others who do not have access to an acceptable photo ID or whose photo IDs may have expired, but it can also apply in other cases. For more information about limited exceptions to Wisconsin’s photo ID law, visit bringit.wi.gov.
Do Absentee Ballots have tracking barcodes on them?
No. The WEC will soon start using USPS Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMB) for absentee ballot envelopes, not the ballots. IMBs will let voters and clerks track where a ballot is in the postal system as it travels from the clerk’s office to the voter’s home, just like they track packages from online retailers.
How can I track my mail-in Absentee Ballot?
To track the progress of your mail-in Absentee Ballot, simply go to Track My Ballot (wi.gov) and if you have an active absentee request, you can check the status by entering your full name and date of birth.
I have moved, how do I get an Absentee Ballot?
Absentee ballots are mailed to the address each registered voter provides when they make their request. If a person knows they will be at a different address during an upcoming election, it’s important that they keep that in mind when making the request.
Will ineligible or deceased people get Absentee Ballots?
No. Every month the WEC gets death records from the State and helps local clerks remove those voters from the registration list. The same is true for other ineligible voters. Local election officials regularly receive list maintenance updates and deactivate voters who are on felon status, have moved out of state, or are otherwise ineligible.