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Three common mistakes that will disqualify your absentee ballot

Mail, including absentee ballots, found off a highway in Greenville
Posted at 7:01 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 08:41:35-04

With Wisconsin COVID-19 cases spiking, voting from the comfort of your home is something some are doing for the first time. But you don't want your ballot to get rejected and it could if you do one of these three things.

1.) Forgetting to sign the envelope
2.) Not having a witness sign the envelope. The witness needs to be an adult and a U.S. citizen.
3.) Not including a witness address. That means at a minimum, their house number, street name, and city. Even if the witness and voter live at the same address, it needs to be listed.

After you send in your ballot, you can check if there's a problem with it by visiting the website.

Click on "Track My Ballot" and then enter your information. If there's a problem, the Wisconsin Elections Commission says an orange box will appear asking you to either contact your municipal clerk's office or that your ballot has been sent back to you to fix some kind of an error.

In Wisconsin, the stakes are higher to fill this out the right way. There's no requirement for clerks to contact voters and get the ballot corrected. So, the clerks themselves determine if they have the time to do that. If for example, you waited until Election Day and a clerk is overwhelmed with ballots, they aren't able to get it fixed, meaning your ballot will not be counted. That's why election officials want voters to return their absentee ballots early.

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Key Dates and Deadlines in Wisconsin

Wed, Oct. 14 -- Deadline to register to vote (by mail or online)
Thurs., Oct. 29 -- Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail
Fri., Oct. 30 -- Deadline to register to vote (at clerk's office)
Sun., Nov. 1 -- Last day for in-person absentee voting
Tues., Nov. 3 -- Election Day