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Voters living in the 38 central count communities — including Milwaukee, Green Bay, Beloit and Janesville—cannot return absentee ballots to their polling places on Election Day, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Central counting involves transporting absentee ballots from all wards to a central location for tabulation instead of at each polling place.

The ballots should instead be returned to the local municipal clerk’s office or the central count facility by 8 p.m.

For example, Milwaukee voters can drop off their ballots in Room 501 of City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., or at the central count location at the Wisconsin Center District. Ballots should be dropped at the corner of Vel R. Phillips and Wisconsin Avenue.

A full list of villages, towns and cities that use central count facilities to process absentee ballots is available here:

Voters in those communities who have not turned in or mailed their absentee ballots can still vote at their polling place on Election Day. 


City of Milwaukee: Absentee Ballot Return Options

State of Wisconsin: Central Count Absentee Ballot Municipalities

State of Wisconsin: Election Day Manual

WKOW: WEC Reminder: Central count communities cannot return absentee ballots at polling places

State of Wisconsin: Media Advisory: Covering the 2022 General Election

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.