My sister is a college student in Chicago. She's completely supportive of our efforts here at Fair Wisconsin, but she won't be here on Election Day to cast her NO vote at the ballot box.
I have a good friend named Emily who is currently teaching English in South Korea. Like my sister, she is also very much opposed to the amendment. If she were going to be in Wisconsin on November 7, she'd also vote NO on her ballot.
Thankfully, both Emily and my sister can still cast their NO votes in this November's election-- even though neither of them will be in Wisconsin on Election Day. The process that makes this possible is absentee voting. It's a relatively simple procedure to vote by absentee ballot, and I recently found out how it works in order to help my sister and Emily cast their votes.
Step 1. Make sure that you're registered to vote in Wisconsin
You have to be a registered Wisconsin voter before you can request an absentee ballot. You can register in at least two different ways: in person or by mail.
Register In Person:
You can register in person right up until Election Day by going to your local clerk's office with the proper identification. You can also register right at the polls on Election Day provided that you bring the required identification.
Register By Mail:
If you're like my sister or Emily, and you are out-of-state, registering by mail may be a more convenient option than driving to your clerk's office to register in person. To register by mail simply download and fill out this form. Then print it and mail it to your local city clerk's office.
The one catch is that if you register by mail you must mail your form in by Wednesday, October 18th. Beyond that date you can only register in person at the clerk's office or at the polls on Election Day. (If you are registering for the first time you must include proof of WI residency with your registration application. See this page for more info.)
Step 2. Request an absentee ballot.
Once you are registered to vote in Wisconsin you must then request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. Requesting an absentee ballot is easy, just download and fill out this form and mail it to your local city clerk's office. (Don't forget to fill in the election that you'd like an absentee ballot for -- the general election on November 7, 2006)
Step 3. Complete your absentee ballot and mail it in.
You should receive your absentee ballot by mid-October. In order for your ballot to be counted in the election, it must be mailed back and received by 5pm on the day of the election (Tuesday, November 7, 2006). As soon as your ballot arrives in the mail, fill it out, and send it right back!
If you have friends or family that are Wisconsin residents who are currently out-of-state, or who will be 0ut-of-state on Election Day, please encourage them to vote by absentee ballot.
Anyone can vote by absentee ballot. So even if you will be around on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot to avoid the long lines at the polls, and to volunteer with us as we get out the vote.