Residents who are unable to make it to the polls Nov. 8 can still have their vote counted by applying for an absentee ballot. An application can be submitted by e-mail, fax, regular mail or in person at the city clerk's office in the Wauwatosa City Hall building. To apply a voter must already be registered.
According to City Clerk Carla Ledesma, absentee voting in Wauwatosa has seen a steady increase since 2000 when it accounted for about 6 percent of the total votes cast. In the last presidential race in 2012, that number had risen to 30 percent.
Ledesma wanted to assure voters that absentee ballots are always counted for every election.
There are three basic methods a voter can use to cast an absentee ballot:
Request by Mail
- Download the Application for Absentee Ballot form from wauwatosa.net or the Wisconsin Election Commissions website.
- Complete the form and mail it to the Wauwatosa City Clerk's office at 7725 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213.
- The application must be received by the clerk no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
Request by E-Mail or Fax
- This request must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday (Nov. 3, 2016) before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.
- You may make a request via fax at 414-479-8989. The information listed below in the In-Person voting section must be included in this request.
- You may make a request for an absentee ballot via email to the city licensing clerk. The email address can be accessed at wauwatosa.net. The information listed below in the In-Person voting section must be included in this request.
In-Person at your Municipal Clerk's Office
- You may submit a written request to the City Clerk's office by providing the following required information for each registered voter:
- Your name as you are registered to vote in Wisconsin.
- Your month, day, and year of birth.
- Your City of Wauwatosa home address (legal voting residence); you must already be registered to vote from this address.
- Your signature.
- The address to which the ballot should be mailed (if different from the City of Wauwatosa home address).
- Your telephone number or email address to allow elections officials to contact you if there is a problem with your absentee application.
- A copy of your photo ID (must only be submitted the first time a by-mail absentee ballot request is made, unless an address change and re-registration occurs).
- In-person absentee voting runs for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday (Nov. 4, 2016) before the election. Please check with your municipal clerk for regular office hours.
- If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, you must vote immediately, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken from the clerk's office.
- The completed ballot must be mailed to your municipal clerk's office and received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016).
- The City Clerk's office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will open for extended hours Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. During the week of October 31, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; it will be open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Absentee ballots are mailed via the US postal system, faxed or emailed. The last day an absentee ballot can be mailed to a registered voter is the Thursday (Nov. 4. 2016) before an election. Residents of certain residential care facilities who are on the permanent absentee ballot list will have their absentee ballots hand-delivered to them on a specific date by special voting deputies.
Additional information including military and overseas voting, permanent absentee voting, residential care voting and voting by special deputy can be found at wauwatosa.net and on the Wisconsin Election Commissions website.