Absentee Voting

Voting a ballotPlease note that a PHOTO ID is required to vote absentee.  If you are mailing, faxing or emailing your absentee request, please be sure to include a copy of your photo identification.  Please bring it with you for in-person absentee voting.  Click here for forms of acceptable photo identifications to use.

In-person Absentee Voting Hours for All Elections
To vote absentee in person, come to City Hall, located at 9 S. Broad Street, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the two weeks prior to an election.  To vote absentee at other times, please contact the City Clerk to make an appointment.  No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or a legal holiday or the Monday prior to the election.  Bring your Photo ID with you to vote.

Exact days and hours for in-person absentee voting with be posted in the City's official newspaper and on the City's website. 

What is an absentee ballot?
In some cases voters are unable to get to the polling place on election day.  An absentee ballot is a paper ballot marked by an absent voter, sealed in a special envelope and given or mailed to the municipal clerk.  The municipal clerk is responsible for the absentee ballot being delivered to the polling location on election day for processing.  If accepted, the absentee ballot is counted as if the voter had cast the ballot in person.

Who can request and receive an absentee ballot?
Any qualified elector.  A qualified elector is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, who has resided in the district in which he or she intends to vote for at least ten days prior to the election.  You must be registered to vote in the City of Elkhorn to apply.

If you are indefinitely confined because of age, illness, infirmity or disability, you may submit an application for absentee ballot and check the appropriate certification in section 5.  Ballots will automatically be sent to you for every subsequent election until you are no longer confined or fail to return a ballot for an election.   

How does an elector request an absentee ballot?
The request is made to the municipal clerk in writing.  A request for an absentee ballot can be made by going to:  https://myvote.wi.gov.  Follow the instructions.  If you have not already submitted your Photo ID to the City Clerk, include a copy of it with your form.  Your signed form and Photo ID can be sent via email (elections@cityofelkhorn.org), fax (262-741-5131) or by mail (City of Elkhorn City Clerk, PO BOX 920, Elkhorn, WI 53121). 

What are the deadlines for making a request?

  • Regular Voters – the request must be in the office of the municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding an election.  This is the last day a clerk can mail an absentee ballot to an elector. 

  • Indefinitely Confined and Non-active Military Voters – in the clerk’s office up to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election. 

Special provisions are made for hospitalized electors and sequestered jurors to request and vote by absentee ballot on election day.

Are absentee ballots ever rejected?
Yes.  Along with meeting all the usual requirements, voters who vote by absentee ballot must follow special instructions in completing and signing the certificate on the ballot envelope, and having the certificate witnessed.  If any of these are not followed, officials at the polling place will have to reject the absentee ballot. 

What is the deadline for returning an absentee ballot?
The completed ballot must be received by the City Clerk's Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after the election (must be postmarked by Election Day).  A ballot may be also be delivered directly to a polling place prior to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Questions about absentee voting can be emailed to elections@cityofelkhorn.org