Friday is early voting deadline in some Wisconsin communities

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WISCONSIN (WBAY) – Nov. 4 is the last day for in-person absentee voting for many communities in Wisconsin ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

Voters who want to avoid long lines on election day can visit their municipal clerk’s office or another designated location for in-person absentee voting. Early voters must show a photo ID to get a ballot.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission anticipates 3.1 million Wisconsinites will vote on Tuesday. That’s a staggering 69.9 percent of Wisconsin’s voting-age population.

Each municipality sets its own dates and hours. Voters will want to contact their local clerk to find out the exact deadline. Click here to find your clerk.


Voters in larger cities like Milwaukee and Madison will have additional time to early vote. Milwaukee’s deadline is Saturday. Madison’s deadline is Sunday.

The deadline to register to vote at your municipal clerk’s office is Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. If you miss this deadline, you can register to vote at the polls on election day.  You will need a proof of residence, like a bill, showing your current address. Click here for a list of acceptable proofs of residence.

Common Cause for Wisconsin, a non-partisan lobby group, says Wisconsin law allows voters to take up to three hours off work to vote–if you notify your employer before election day.  Just remember that your employer does not have to pay you for that time off.

Common Cause has organized volunteers who will offer free rides to the polls on election day. Click here for the directory.