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The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing absentee ballots at least seven days before an election in Wisconsin to ensure they arrive on time. 

After voters mail their ballot, they can track it to make sure it was received at All ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

If voters do not mail their ballot a full week before the election — and want to ensure their ballot gets delivered on time — there are other options. 

Voters can drop off their ballot at their municipal clerk’s office or vote in-person absentee. Some clerks may require voters to schedule an appointment or go to an early voting location outside of the clerk’s office, such as a local library. Otherwise, voters can bring their ballots to their assigned polling place or absentee ballot counting location before 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

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State of Wisconsin Vote Absentee Guide

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Erin Gretzinger / Wisconsin WatchReporting Intern

Erin Gretzinger joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism and French major at UW-Madison and will graduate in spring 2023. Erin previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporting intern and served as the 2021-22 editor-in-chief at The Badger Herald. She is a recipient of the Jon Wolman Scholarship, the Sigrid Schultz Scholarship and the Joseph Sicherman Award Fund for her academic and reporting work.