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Make sure you’re ready to vote in next Tuesday’s spring election

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City of Milwaukee Election Commission

On April 4, eligible voters in Wisconsin get another chance to go to the polls and decide the state’s future. Is it the “most important election of our lives”? Of course it is because they’re all important.

In this important one, we’ll choose our next Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, weigh in on a couple referendums and decide the outcome of local races. If you want to see exactly what’s on your ballot, you can do that here.

You can also find some general information about why the Wisconsin Supreme Court election is so consequential in this fact sheet from the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Wisconsin. Nothing about either candidate, though. You’ll have to do that research on your own.

While most of us will vote in person next Tuesday (you can find your polling place here), a lot of people have already cast their ballot via in-person absentee voting. That ability to vote early will continue through this week, ending Sunday, April 2. There are a couple other important deadlines coming up, so check the list below to see if any of them apply to how you prefer to vote.

Finally, it never hurts to brush up on voting basics ahead of time, just in case there’s something you overlooked that will prevent you from participating. The LWV of Wisconsin has you covered with this step-by-step information (in English and Spanish) that will help you check your eligibility, make sure you have the proper ID, learn about the candidates and more.

If you already cast your ballot, good job. If you’re waiting for next Tuesday, use the links we provided here to get ready. Taking a little time now might save you a lot of time on election day.

Spring election deadlines

  • March 30 @ 5 p.m. — Request an absentee ballot from your municipal clerk (regular and permanent overseas voters)
  • March 31 @ 5 p.m — Register in person at your municipal clerk’s office.
  • March 31 @ 5 p.m. — Request an absentee ballot (indefinitely confined or military)
  • April 2 — In-person absentee voting ends (varies by municipality, find your absentee voting hours here).
  • April 4 @ 5:00 p.m — Ballot request for hospitalized voters (if hospitalized in the seven days preceding the election).
  • April 4 @ 8:00 p.m. — Return absentee ballot by mail or delivery to your municipal clerk.