Elections

February 20, 2024, Spring Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadlines:

  • By Mail: Postmark by January 31, 2024.
  • Online: Complete by January 31, 2024.
  • In Municipal Clerk’s Office: Until 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2024.
  • At Polling Place: On Primary Day (February 20, 2024), from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting Deadlines:

  • For Clerks to Send Absentee Ballots: To those with active requests by January 30, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Regular Voters: By 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Indefinitely Confined and Military (Not Away from Home): By 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Hospitalized Voters: Between February 13, 2024, and 5:00 p.m. on February 20, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Military (Away from Home): By 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2024.
  • Return Absentee Ballot: By 8:00 p.m. on February 20, 2024.
  • In-Person Absentee: Possibly until February 18, 2024 (varies by municipality).

April 2, 2024, Spring Election

Voter Registration Deadlines:

  • By Mail: Postmark by March 13, 2024.
  • Online: Complete by March 13, 2024.
  • In Municipal Clerk’s Office: Until 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2024.
  • At Polling Place: On Election Day (April 2, 2024), from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting Deadlines:

  • For Clerks to Send Absentee Ballots to Military/Overseas Voters: By February 15, 2024.
  • For Clerks to Send Absentee Ballots to Remaining Voters: By March 12, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Regular and Overseas Voters: By 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Indefinitely Confined and Military (Not Away from Home): By 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Hospitalized Voters: Between March 26, 2024, and 5:00 p.m.on April 2, 2024.
  • Request Absentee Ballot – Military (Away from Home): By 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2024.
  • Return Absentee Ballot: By 8:00 p.m. on April 2, 2024.
  • In-Person Absentee: Possibly until March 31, 2024 (varies by municipality).

Tips on Running for Office

Running for local office is important and winning is an attainable goal. Here’s some things you should do to get yourself started:

➡️ Know your district. A majority of voters don’t know what district they live in or who represents them. It’s your job as a candidate to remind them that they live in your district.

➡️ Educate yourself. Find out what the position you plan to run for is responsible for doing and what the budget looks like. Knowing what the top line items are will help you talk about how your values will guide your spending priorities.

➡️ Get your papers together to file. You’ll need to file a declaration of intent, a campaign registration statement, nomination papers, and possible a statement of economic interest. The clerk of the body of government you plan to run for can help you with this.

➡️ Start fundraising and talking to voters. Once you’re filed and official with the clerk you can raise money and start getting campaign materials like lit pieces and yard signs printed from your local union print shop.

➡️ Earn votes. You bought some awesome campaign literature with your face on it and now you can deliver it to your constituents and ask for their votes by going door to door and talking to the registered voters in your district.

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Find more information about upcoming elections, candidate instructions, and campaign finance at the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

Additional Training

Check out these organizations to find training resources for new candidates: Wisconsin ProgressEmerge WisconsinEmily’s List, and Arena.run.