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Organisation : Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
Facility : Absentee Voting
State : Wisconsin
Country : United States
Absentee Voting : http://www.gab.wi.gov/publications/quick-reference/absentee-voting
Home Page : http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting
Absentee Voting :
WHAT IS NEW WITH ABSENTEE VOTING AND PHOTO ID? :
A valid Photo ID must be provided when voting by absentee ballot unless you are a type of voter that is either exempt by statute or may have an alternative process to verify your identity.
WHO DOES NOT HAVE TO SHOW PHOTO ID WHEN VOTING ABSENTEE? :
Voters who are exempt from providing Photo ID:
** Military voters. This includes any member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Federal Public Health Service or the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, member ofthe merchant marine, peace corps volunteers, civilian employees of the U.S. serving outside the U.S., and their spouses and dependents.
** Permanent Overseas voters. Overseas voters are persons who resided in your municipality and have left the United States permanently with no intent to return. This may include dependents over the age of 18 whose parents’ last residence was in Wisconsin. Note that if you are temporarily overseas and you have intent to return, you are not considered an overseas voter, and you must provide Photo ID with your absentee application or ballot.
** Confidential Electors. Confidential electors have presented a court order, a letter from law enforcement, a letter from the staff of a domestic abuse shelter, or a letter from the staff of an agency assisting victims of domestic abuse, to their municipal clerk.
WHO MAY HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE TO PROVIDING A COPY OF THEIR PHOTO ID?
Types of voters who may have their witness verify their identity rather than provide a copy of their Photo ID :
** Indefinitely confined voters may provide a copy of their photo ID, but may also choose to have their absentee ballot witness verify their identity. These electors must indicate on their application form that they are indefinitely confined because of age, illness, infirmity, or disability.
** Voters residing in care facilities visited by Special Voting Deputies (usually nursing homes) may provide a copy of their photo ID, but may also have the Special Voting Deputies verify their identity before signing as witnesses to the absentee ballot.
** Voters residing in other care facilities that are eligible for Special Voting Deputy procedures, but are not visited by Special Voting Deputies, may provide a copy of their photo ID or ask an authorized representative of the facility to verify their identity by signing the absentee certificate envelope. If the voter is indefinitely confined, the signature of an authorized representative is not required, but a witness must still sign the certificate envelope (see above).
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE PHOTO ID WHEN VOTING ABSENTEE? :
Types of voters who MUST provide Photo ID with their absentee ballot applications :
** In-person voters in the clerk’s office must show their Photo ID to the clerk or staff. The staff member will record on the absentee certificate envelope that the voter provided Photo ID.
** Regular absentee voters requesting a ballot be sent to them by mail must provide a copy of their Photo ID with their absentee ballot request. Once Photo ID is provided, the voter no longer has to provide Photo ID with subsequent absentee ballot requests, until they re-register (their name or address changes).
** Regular absentee voters requesting a ballot by email or fax must provide a copy of their Photo ID with their absentee ballot request. Once Photo ID is provided, the voter no longer has to provide Photo ID with any subsequent absentee ballot requests, until they reregister (their name or address changes.
** Voters may request absentee ballots by fax or e-mail but clerks may not transmit ballots to regular voters by fax or e-mail.
** Electors that have moved within Wisconsin less than 28 days before the election must vote from their previous address. They may vote at the polling place for their previous address, or by absentee ballot in the municipality of their previous address.
** Presidential-only electors, hospitalized electors, and sequestered jurors have special absentee voting requirements. They will need to show a Photo ID, but should also contact their municipal clerk for assistance.
WHAT IF I DON’T SUBMIT ID WITH MY ABSENTEE APPLICATION? :
** Voters who are required to submit Photo ID with their absentee application, and do not, will not be sent an absentee ballot.
** Voters who have alternatives to providing a copy of the Photo ID will be sent a ballot, but must either return a copy of Photo ID with their ballot or meet any alternative requirements. Failure to do so may result in the ballot being rejected or treated as a provisional ballot. Provisional voters have until 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after the election to submit the required Photo ID to their municipal clerk. If the Photo ID is received by the deadline, their ballot will be counted. If Photo ID is not received by the deadline, the ballot will not count. Voters can check the status of their provisional ballots by contacting their municipal clerk, or checking the Voter Public Access website at myvote.wi.gov.