How to find your election polling place
MADISON, Wis. — It seems like a simple question, but it’s one you might find second-guessing yourself on — do you know where to vote?
For many people, their polling place may have changed since the last time they voted, whether it was a recent election earlier this year, the 2020 presidential election, or another election in the past.
That’s why election officials across the state want to make sure people know where to go to vote, whether it’s to vote absentee ahead of Election Day or heading to the polls on November 8. The last thing you want to do is show up at the wrong location or be told you need to go somewhere else.
There are a number of ways to know where to go before you head out to cast your ballot:
Fill out the form on the MyVote website
You can go to the MyVote.wi.gov website to answer a variety of your voting questions — what’s going to be on your ballot when you step into the voting booth, find out how to vote absentee, and track your absentee ballot, and where you can vote in person.
To find your polling place, click on the “Find My Polling Place” tab at the top of the MyVote page (you can also click this link to go there directly). Then fill out the search form with your home address — this will determine which ward or precinct in your municipality you belong to, and where you’ll need to go to vote.
Once you click the Search button, MyVote will tell you where to go to vote, as well as hours for the polling location and directions on how to get there. The site will also tell you what will be on your ballot and provide resources on signing up to vote absentee if you can’t make it on Election Day.
Search on the City of Madison’s site
If you live in the City of Madison, you can also use the city’s site to see where you need to go. Similar to the MyVote site, you can enter your address into the city’s search form to find your polling place.
Where to vote in-person absentee
You can vote in-person ahead of Election Day, but to do so, you will have to go to your local municipal clerk’s office instead of your Election Day polling place.
The hours for your clerk’s office may vary depending on where you live. In the City of Madison, the city clerk’s office at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Room 103 of the City-County Building) is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Under state law, you do not need a reason to vote absentee instead of voting on Election Day. State law also says absentee ballots cannot be processed and counted until polling locations open at 7 a.m. on Election Day. Due to that, larger cities may not finish counting all absentee ballots until several hours after polls close.
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