How to vote from your hospital bed


Before October 14, 2020

Register to Vote!

Find more information here MyVote.wi.gov or at https://www.vote.org/

Before 5 PM October 29, 2020 (7 Days Before The Election)

Any voter may vote by an absentee ballot. The deadline to request this is 5 PM on the Thursday before the election. 

After October 27, 2020 (Election Day)

Voters who are hospitalized within a week of Election Day may follow another process to obtain an absentee ballot via a personal representative delivering an application to their municipal clerk and picking up the ballot.

8 PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

You may mail your filled-out ballot or deliver it via your personal representative to your municipal clerk. It must be received by 8 PM on Election Day in order to be counted.






Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at MyVote.wi.gov or at https://www.vote.org/.


Make sure to check if your state requires a Voter ID. You can find a list of accepted identifications for Wisconsin HERE. For Spanish click HERE. You can also get your Voter ID questions answered through this link: https://www.messenger.com/t/VoteRiders. If you are requesting a mail in ballot and your state requires you to send a copy of your voter ID but do not have access to a printer, you can send a picture to VoterID@voteriders.org and we will mail you two hard copies. For up-to-date information and help with voter ID you can also call/text VoteRiders: 844-338-8743 or visit voteriders.org. HERE is our link to our digital cards for all 50 states.


Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

If you are hospitalized within a week of Election Day, you may begin your absentee ballot application process on MyVote.wi.gov. In Box 7, you should certify that you are hospitalized and specify the personal information of your personal representative who will be delivering the application (ex. family member). You will need to provide a proof of residence document with your application. If you are not registered to vote, you may also fill out a voter registration application to be submitted with your ballot application.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help deliver materials to you


Return Your Application

Your personal representative must deliver your application documents to the municipal clerk for the hospitalized elector’s municipality of residence. You can find more information about your municipal clerk here. The agent must also show a copy of the voter’s photo ID or the voter’s original photo ID as well as proof of their own identification before the municipal clerk may issue an absentee ballot to the agent. The municipal clerk will an absentee ballot, absentee certificate envelope and uniform instructions in an absentee carrier envelope to the agent for the hospitalized elector.


Obtain Your Ballot

Your agent will personally deliver your absentee ballot back to you. You must vote in the presence of a witness (your agent counts as your witness). After voting, you must place the voted ballot in the absentee certificate envelope, and seal and sign the envelope. The witness also needs to sign the absentee certificate envelope.



Fill out your ballot! 


Return Your Completed Ballot

The agent must deliver or mail the absentee ballot in the certificate envelope to the elector’s municipal clerk. Whether the agent personally delivers the ballot or mails the ballot, it must be received by the municipal clerk by 8 PM on Election Day.






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Wis. Stat. § 6.86

If a voter is a sequestered juror or hospitalized, then the voter can apply for an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on Election Day. 


COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Wisconsin has no-excuse absentee voting so any voter may vote via a mail-in absentee ballot so they do not have to be physically present at a polling station. Your application must be received by your local municipal clerk before 5 PM on the Thursday before Election Day. You can find more information about the absentee ballot application process here.

Additionally, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has announced that any voter placed under quarantine by a health care provider qualifies for the hospitalized elector process, through which an emergency absentee ballot may be requested in the week before an election after the regular absentee deadline. The process for doing this in detailed in this page. More information on this change can be found here.

The latest update on the Wisconsin Elections Commissions' response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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