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Wisconsin Provisional Voting

A provisional ballot is a ballot that is marked by a voter but is not counted at the time it is cast. It is issued to a voter who is unable to provide the poll worker with the required documentation. There are three instances where you may vote a provisional ballot:

  • A qualified voter who has been issued a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license registers to vote at a polling place on election day, but cannot list the driver's license number on the registration
  • A first-time Wisconsin voter who registers by mail but does not provide an identifying document establishing proof of residence at the time they submit the registration form and is unable to provide the required proof of residence at the polling place.
  • A registered voter is unable or unwilling to provide proof of ID

Provisional ballots are not given if the voter is in the wrong polling place or when a person is attempting to register in person at the polling place but does not provide proof of residence.

The provisional ballot will not be counted unless the voter provides the required information to the poll workers or the municipal clerk by 4pm on the Friday following the election.

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