If you are unable to get to the polls on election day, you can request an absentee ballot or stop at Town Hall prior to the election to vote absentee. The last day to vote absentee in person is the Friday prior to the election.
If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you.
An absent elector is any otherwise qualified elector who for any reason is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on election day. Any otherwise qualified elector who changes residence within this state by moving to a different municipality later than 10 days prior to an election may vote an absentee ballot in the ward or municipality where he or she was qualified to vote before moving.
Absentee ballot applications are accepted until the Thursday prior to the election at 5 p.m. by mail, fax or email. Residents may vote absentee at Town Hall until the Friday prior to the election at 5 p.m. Any requests for ballots to be mailed should allow enough time for mail transit. Staff cannot allow a ballot to leave the building unless it is being mailed.
Any qualified absentee elector may make written application to the municipal clerk for an official ballot by one of the following methods:
- In person at the office of the Town Clerk.
- By mail, email or fax to the Town Clerk.
- By signing a statement delivered to the Town Clerk indicating the elector is indefinitely confined because of age, physical illness or infirmity, or is disabled for an indefinite period.
- Any elector who is registered and who is hospitalized may apply for and obtain and official ballot by agent.
- By a resident of a nursing home, qualified retirement home, or qualified community-residential facility delivering an absentee application to the Town Clerk.
Click here for Wisconsin Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121)
All Wards (1-8) in the Town of Dover, vote at the Town Hall at 4110 South Beaumont Avenue.
Polling Hours are 7AM to 8PM
Photo ID Requirements
Photo ID is now required to receive a ballot in all special and regular elections.
Voter Photo ID Requirements
What do voters need to know about photo ID in Wisconsin?
While there is not a separate “Voter ID” card there are many other forms of Photo ID, which you may already have, that can be used to vote. If you already have a Wisconsin drivers license, you do not need (and cannot get), a WI state ID card simply in order to vote. Anyone with a valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin state ID card, or any of the documents listed below, already has the photo ID they need for voting purposes.
Acceptable Photo IDs
What can I use as Photo ID to vote?
The following photo IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently the November 4, 2014 General Election):
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
- Military ID card issued by a US uniformed service
- A US passport book or card
The following photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:
- A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented.
- A drivers license receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
- An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
- A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains all of the following:
- Date of Issuance
- Signature of Student
- Expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance
- The ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment
What needs to be on my Photo ID?
The following things must be included on any of the Photo IDs listed above:
- Elector’s Photograph
- The photograph must reasonably resemble the elector.
- Elector’s Name
- The elector’s name must conform to the name on their voter registration. Conform does not mean that the name must be identical to the name on the voter registration (Example: Richard:Rich, Robert:Bob, Jessica:Jessi, Patricia:Pat).
- An expiration Date within the deadlines described above
An acceptable Photo ID does not have to include a current address.
Are there any Photo IDs I cannot use to vote?
Yes. You cannot use these IDs to vote:
- State or Federal government employee ID
- An out-of-sate drivers license or ID card
- Employment ID
- Membership or Organization ID
- Certificate of Citizenship
The following documents, which do not contain a photo, can be used as a Photo ID for voting purposes:
- A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a driver license, which is dated within 60 days of the date of the election. If your drivers license has been taken away by law enforcement or a court, you may present written documentation of that fact in order to vote without your photo ID.
- A Wisconsin DOT Temporary Driving or Identification Receipt, issued when the DMV is experiencing equipment and printing difficulties, valid for 60 days from issuance.
- A Wisconsin DOT driver license or identification card without a photo, issued to those electors with a religious objection to being photographed.
The following electors do NOT need to show a Photo ID:
- Confidential electors are always exempt from Photo ID requirements. Confidential electors have applied for this status with their municipal clerk, and have presented a court order, a letter from law enforcement, a letter form the staff of a domestic abuse shelter, or the staff of an agency assisting victims of domestic abuse.
- Military and overseas voters are not required to present Photo ID when they vote by absentee ballot, but if they vote in-person, they must present Photo ID.
- Indefinitely confined voters and voters in special care facilities can provide a witness signature on their absentee ballot certificate envelope in substitute for showing Photo ID.
Registering to Vote
How to Register to Vote
As of January 1, 2006, all municipalities in Wisconsin require voter registration prior to a person being allowed to vote. The federal “Help American Vote Act of 2002” requires any person registering to vote to supply his or her Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued drivers license number. If the elector has not been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license, he or she must provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number or their Wisconsin state ID card number. If the elector does not have a current, valid Wisconsin drivers license, Wisconsin state ID card, or Social Security Number, the applicant may indicate this by filling in the appropriate circle on the registration form.
Anyone wishing to vote in the State of Wisconsin, where they are required to register has three options to register:
1. BY MAIL: Download the application for Voter Registration from www.myvote.wi.gov, complete the form and mail it to the Town Hall, attention Town Clerk. The application must be postmarked no later than 20 days before the election (3rd Wednesday before the election). Please Note: State and federal law now requires that all registration applications must provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document that provides proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence are outlined below. If the proof of residence is not included with the registration application the application will be rejected and the elector will not be registered until the proof of residence is provided along with the application.
2. IN PERSON: Register at Town Hall up to 5 p.m., the Friday before election.
3. AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY: If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for at least 10 days preceding the election. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:
- A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
- A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.
Forms with an expiration date must be valid on Election Day.
PROOF OF RESIDENCE
The following constitute acceptable Proof-of-Residence if the document contains the information specified above:
- A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
- A current and valid Wisconsin identification card.
- Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
- Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
- A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day (not for first-time voters registering by mail).
- A university, college or technical institute fee card & A photo ID from the college.
- A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day.
- Bank statement, it can be an online statement, as long as you show a monthly statement on the screen.
- A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
- Letter from local Post Office confirming change of address.
- Hunting, fishing, or concealed carry license.