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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says: “If you need help marking your ballot on Election Day, you may take anyone you choose with you into the voting booth, except your employer or your labor union representative.”

Voters can get help if they have problems reading or writing, or with the English language, or can’t mark the ballot.

All polling places must also fulfill any requests from voters who want to vote without leaving their vehicle. Voters may also request additional accommodations from their local municipal clerk, the commission says.

Disabled voters who cast absentee ballots can get help filling out, and mailing or returning, their ballots.

The Associated Press reported in the days leading up to the April 4 election that some local election officials were incorrectly telling disabled voters they couldn’t have another person return their absentee ballot for them.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


State of Wisconsin Accessible Voting

State of Wisconsin Curbside Voting

State of Wisconsin Assisting Voters with Disabilities

State of Wisconsin Guidance on Absentee Ballot Return Options Under the Federal Voting Rights Act

AP News Disabled Wisconsin voters say absentee law not followed

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.