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You can vote now in the August primary election

July 3, 2018

On April 3, 2018, people fill out election ballots for the spring primary and register their votes at the Gordon Dining and Event Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, one of several official polling places for UW–Madison students living on campus. Voters are choosing which candidates advance for elected positions in several state and local offices. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW–Madison) Photo: Jeff Miller

It’s not too early to vote in the Aug. 14 primary election.

Offices on the ballot are governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, odd-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats, and all Wisconsin Assembly seats.

You can request an absentee ballot now using your spring 2018 Madison address, so even if you’re away for the summer (or don’t want to go to the polls), you can still be a Madison voter (If you have graduated and have no plan to return to Madison, you should re-register wherever you are moving).

What to do:

• Snap your ID: Take a picture of your voter ID (Wisconsin driver’s license, passport, or student voter ID). If you’re using the student voter ID, visit and take a screenshot of your enrollment verification.

• Email your request: Send the pictures to Use the subject line “August Absentee” and include your name, your current Madison address, and “send me a ballot.”

• Be sure to say if you’re already registered to vote; if not, you can send the registration form in now, too.

• Finally, give the mailing address or email where you are now. If the delivery address or method changes, just email

• Questions? Email

Want to vote in person? Already you can vote in-person absentee at the city clerk’s office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 103, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 10. Most other in-person absentee voting sites don’t open until late July or early August, including three on campus.

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