Elections for 2021

Voting by absentee ballot

Any qualified elector may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the municipality for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. Must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of identification must be provided.

Application to receive an absentee ballot by mail
Deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Voting an absentee ballot in person

You may request and vote an absentee ballot starting Tuesday, February 2, 2021 through Friday, Febrtuary 12, 2021. In person voting must be made by appointment only by calling 920-901-5072 Geraldine Gilbert - Town Clerk/Treasurer-leave a message if necessary.

Absentee Voting  

To download an absentee ballot application, check the status of your absentee ballot or check your voter history    visit:

A qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot.

Qualified electors wishing to vote absentee must submit a request in writing to the municipal clerk.

    1. A qualified voter may either apply for an absentee ballot using the Application for Absentee Ballot (EL-121) form or submit a written request, as long as the request is signed by the voter and includes all the information necessary to provide the voter with an absentee ballot. The written request must contain the voter’s:

      • Name

      • Residential Address

      • Mailing address if any

      • Statement of the elections for which the voter desires an absentee ballot

      • An indication of status as a military voter, if applicable

      • Declaration that he/she meets voting requirements

      • Signature

      • Date

    2. Any elector may make a written application by means of facsimile or email provided that he or she also mails the original request bearing his or her signature. The signed original request may be returned with the elector’s voted ballot. The application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 5th day before the election.

    3. The elector my specifically request to automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election within a calendar year.

Absentee electors may apply in person in the clerk’s office up to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election.

Voting in the Town of Manitowoc

Residents of the Town can vote at the Town Hall and Silver Creek Fire Department at 1822 Silver Creek Road, Manitowoc. The polls are open for each election from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

State of Wisconsin Voter Public Access

Look up voter registration and polling place location. Voter registration information, voting history, normal polling place location, current office holders and a sample ballot for the upcoming election. 

Voter Qualification

In order to be registered to vote, an individual must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen;
  2. Be age 18 or older on or before Election Day;
  3. Have resided in an election district or ward for 28 consecutive days, with no present intent to move, before any election where the citizen offers to vote;
  4. Not be disqualified from voting for any of the reasons described in 6.03, Wis Stats.
However, the following persons shall not be allowed to vote in any election.
  • Any person convicted of treason, felony, or bribery that has not completed the terms of his or her sentence including probation, parole or extended supervision.

  • A person who has been determined by a court to be incapable of understanding the objective of the elective process or who is under guardianship, unless the court has determined that the person under guardianship is competent to exercise the right to vote.

  • Anyone who has made or become interested, directly or indirectly, in any bet or wager depending upon the result of the election.

Voter Registration

All electors must be registered before being issued a ballot. There are three time frames in which an elector may register to vote:

Open registration: Any time prior to 5 p.m. the 20th day before an election.


The elector must complete a Voter Registration Application (EB-131). and mail the completed application to the municipal clerk’s office.

Proof of residence is required for voters. The application must be postmarked not later than the 20th day (third Wednesday) before the election.

  1. In person at the clerk's office.

  2. The elector may register in the municipal clerk’s office before 5:00 p.m. on the 20th day before the election.

  3. After the registration cut-off – Late Registration: An elector registering to vote in person in the clerk’s office after the close of registration is required to present acceptable proof of residence and will receive a Certificate of Registration (EB-133), which he or she should present at the polling place before being issued a ballot.

At the Polling Place on Election Day

  1. The elector must complete a Voter Registration Application (EB-131).

  2. The elector must provide proof of residence. The following constitute acceptable proof of residence if the document contains the elector’s current and complete name and current and complete residential address:

    1. A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license.

    2. A current and valid Wisconsin identification card issued by the Department of Transportation.

    3. Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.

    4. 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.

    5. A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.

    6. A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes Election Day (Not for first-time registering by mail).

    7. A university, college or technical institute fee card (must include photo).

    8. A university, college or technical institute identification card (must include photo).

    9. A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day.

    10. Bank statement

    11. Paycheck

    12. A check or other document issued by a unit of government.

Frequently Asked Questions