Register to Vote

How to Register

Registration is open until 5:00 pm 20 days before an election. Wisconsin requires 28 days to establish residency at a new address. Temporary absence does not affect residency. Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 28 day residency requirement as long as you intend to return. When registering, you must present Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address. You cannot register to vote at a post office box. View acceptable forms of Proof of Residence.


You may register to vote at My Vote Wisconsin if you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your address on file with the DMV matches the address at which you are registering to vote. If the DMV does not have your current address on file, update your address on the DMV website before updating your voter registration at My Vote Wisconsin.

In person

During open registration, City of Madison residents may register to vote in the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours, or at the front desk of any City of Madison agency (as long as that agency is not closed due to COVID-19).

Mail (only allowable up to 20 days before an election)

Registration forms are available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website in English, Spanish, and Hmong. To register to vote by mail, download and print the application above and mail the form to the City Clerk's office. The registration form must be postmarked at least 20 days before the election. You will need to include Proof of Residence with the form.

Mail application to:
City Clerk's Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 103
Madison, WI 53703

Military Voters

Members of the military are not required to register to vote, but must complete forms to vote absentee. Military and overseas voters may download their absentee ballots online. Learn more about how to vote absentee.

Overseas Voters

Voters 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 living overseas do not need to send proof of residence with their voter registration.

Voters Experiencing Homelessness

Voters experiencing homelessness who do not have a traditional street address may register to vote using the map on the registration form to indicate a location they return to on a regular basis. They may use a letter from a social service agency (public or private) as proof of residence.

Felony Convictions

An individual convicted of a felony may register to vote after completing the terms of the felony sentence, including probation or parole.

Register during Closed Registration

Once registration closes at 5:00 pm 20 days before an election, you may only register to vote at a City of Madison in-person absentee voting site (during absentee voting hours) with proof of address, until the close of absentee voting at that site the Friday before the election.

Registering early will save you time on Election Day. However, it is possible to register at the polls on Election Day.