Under Wisconsin law, voters do not need a reason to vote absentee. Any voter who prefers to vote by absentee ballot may request one. You have several options for requesting an absentee ballot and casting your vote.
Voters will be required to show proper photo identification (ID).
- View more information on Photo ID for voting.
- View a brochure on acceptable forms of photo ID.
- View a guide on acceptable forms of photo ID.
- Learn how to obtain a free Wisconsin ID for voting.
Absentee ballot requests will be processed within 24 hours of receiving the request and acceptable photo ID.
All absentee ballots are sent to the polls to be counted on Election Day.
For federal elections, absentee ballots will be in the mail beginning 47 days before Election Day. For elections that do not include federal offices, absentee ballots will be in the mail beginning three weeks before Election Day.
Voters may verify their registration, polling location, sample ballot and absentee ballot status at MyVote Wisconsin.
View absentee voting information from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Absentee Voting in Care Facilities
The State Legislature approved 2013 Wisconsin Act 159 relating to absentee voting in residential care facilities and retirement home. Dates and times these services will be provided will be posted as soon as we have the information.
Delivery by Mail
An Absentee Ballot Request form is available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website. Absentee Ballot Request forms are available in:
Although absentee ballot request forms are available, you are not required to use a form. You may send a written request that includes:
- Sun Prairie address where you are registered
- Address the ballot should be mailed to, if different than your registered address
- List of election(s) for which you are requesting an absentee ballot
- Copy of photo ID, if not already on file in the Clerk's Office.
Mail the request to:
City Clerk's Office
300 E. Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Alternatively, you may email your request to us.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. the Thursday before Election Day.
View a short video with step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the Wisconsin Application for Absentee Ballot.
Request a Permanent Absentee Ballot
If you are indefinitely confined because of severe and continued physical illness, disability or infirmities of aging, you can receive an absentee ballot on a permanent basis printing and mailing or emailing this form (PDF)to the City Clerk's Office. Remember to check the 3rd option on line item 6.
Voting Absentee in the Hospital
If you are in the hospital and unable to go to the polling place on Election Day, you may receive an absentee ballot by appointing an agent to deliver and return your completed ballot. The voter and assigned agent need to sign the Absentee Ballot Request Form (PDF). The agent information is listed on line 7 of the request form. The agent needs to bring the hospitalized voter's photo ID to the Clerk's Office when dropping off the form.
This option is available up to seven (7) days before Election Day.
Voting Absentee at Qualified Care Facilities
Special Voting Deputies (SVDs) are appointed by the municipal clerk to bring absentee ballots to qualified care facilities.
The dates and times of when Special Voting Deputies will be conducting absentee voting at Qualified Care Facilities will be listed here as soon as they are available.
Permanent Overseas Absentee Voters
Voter who have moved overseas with no intent to return to live in the United States may continue voting for federal offices from their last Wisconsin address. These voters may register and request absentee ballots using the Federal Postcard Application. Voters who are permanently overseas do not need to send Proof of Residence with their voter registration.
Alternatively, Permanent Overseas Voters may download their absentee ballots online.