Voting by Absentee Ballot

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Wisconsin is a “no excuse” absentee voting state, meaning you can vote by absentee ballot for any election for any reason, including convenience.

There are two ways to vote an absentee ballot before any election:

1. You can vote an "in-person absentee" by casting your ballot at City Hall before the election.  Ballots for the February 18, 2020 primary are not yet available.  In person or "early" absentee voting will begin Monday, February 3, 2020, continuing through Friday February 14, 2020. Hours are 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. On Friday February 14th we will be open until 5 PM for voting. 

Vote In-Person Absentee at City Hall:
City of Janesville
18 N. Jackson St.
Janesville WI 53548


2. You can vote a “by mail” absentee, where you submit a written request for an absentee ballot .  A ballot is mailed to you,  you cast your vote, and mail back your absentee ballot in a postage-paid reply envelope. Requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before an election. Your voted absentee ballot must be received by close of polls election day.  The ballot must be received no later than 8:00PM on Election Day at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office to be counted.  Ballots received after this time will not be counted.

Mail Absentee Ballot Applications to:
City of Janesville
City Clerk’s Office
PO Box 5005
Janesville WI 53547-5005

A qualified voter may choose to vote an absentee ballot for:

  • One election.
  • An election cycle (Primary and Election).
  • A full calendar year of elections (Spring and Fall election cycle). 
  • Permanently, if you certify that you are indefinitely confined.

Qualifications to vote an absentee ballot

You must be registered to vote at your current address before you can request or receive an absentee ballot. The qualifications to register to vote are as follows:

  • A U.S. citizen 
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day 
  • You have lived at your current address for at least 10 consecutive days before the election 
  • You are not currently serving probation, parole or extended supervision for a felony conviction

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

There are two options for requesting an absentee ballot:

        1. Complete the Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121).  Submit application to the Clerk's office. 

        2.Submit a letter or email requesting an absentee ballot that includes the following information:

  • Name
  • Residence Address 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Requested election date, election cycle or calendar year
  • Your qualifying photo ID

Absentee Voting at Residential Care Facilities

The Clerk Treasurer's Office sends Special Voting Deputies to the designated residential care facilities for each election.

We are required to post notice of when we will be at the facility conducting absentee voting.  Please see notices for:

St. Elizabeth's   Huntington Place-First Visit   Huntington Place -Second Visit  

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