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All military voters, permanent overseas voters and those who are indefinitely confined do not have to show photo identification to request an absentee ballot to vote in Wisconsin.

In addition, military voters are not required to register to vote. While permanent overseas and indefinitely confined voters must register, that process does not require ID or a proof of residence document. 

Military voters can be service people on active or inactive duty, members of the Merchant Marine, civilian employees and Peace Corps volunteers and spouses and dependents residing with members from the aforementioned groups.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is considering requiring military voters to present a standard ID issued by the Department of Defense. This comes in response to a Milwaukee election official who was charged with fraudulently obtaining ballots on behalf of fictitious military members.


Federal Voting Assistance Program: Wisconsin

DocumentCloud: Wisconsin Military and Overseas Voters

State of Wisconsin: Indefinitely Confined Voters

State of Wisconsin: Voter registration application (EL-131, 131H, 131S)

PBS Wisconsin: Wisconsin election officials weigh changes to military voting

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.