2024 Election Dates:
February 20, 2024 - Spring Primary (if required) 
April 2, 2024 - Spring General Election
August 13, 2024 - Partisan Primary
November 5, 2024 - General Election

Register to Vote
Register online at 
Register in person at 101 N. Main St. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Absentee Voting
Absentee voting may be done in person at the Fort Atkinson Municipal Building 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Clerk/Treasurer's Office.

No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close.  Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted. Refer to for more information.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for the general election is 

Drop Box
  • Per a recent appeals court decision, absentee ballots may not be returned via the City Hall drop box for water bill payments.
  • Per a recent circuit court decision, voters may only drop off or mail their own absentee ballot.
  • Pursuant to the Voting Rights Act, any Wisconsin voter who requires assistance with mailing or delivering their absentee ballot to the municipal clerk because of a disability must be permitted to receive such assistance by a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union.

Voting on Election Day
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents in the City of Fort Atkinson will vote in the Municipal Gymnasium, 101 N. Main Street. Please use the Water Street entrance. Parking is available on Main  Street, Water Street and the public lots to the west of the building. Photo ID is required for in-person absentee voting.

Photo Identification
Voters are required to display a photo ID in order to vote. Click here to see Acceptable Photo Identification.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot
Several options are available for voters to cast an absentee ballot.  To have a ballot mailed to you (if you are registered to vote at your current address), visit or complete an application for absentee ballot or submit a written request including the information requested on the form.  Forms or written requests for an absentee ballot can be e-mailed to the City Clerk, dropped off at the Fort Atkinson Municipal Building or mailed to City Clerk, 101 N. Main St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. A copy of your photo ID must be included with the application.  The last day to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you is 5 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the election.

Badger Books
Fort Atkinson began using Badger Books in 2019. These are electronic poll books that include registered voters. Voters are still required to sign the screen to obtain a ballot. Signatures have been required since 2012. Voters unable to sign because of a physical disability are exempt from this requirement. If this applies to you, inform the Election Inspector and they will write 'Exempt' in your signature block in the Badger Book.

Using the Voting Machines
The City of Fort Atkinson uses optical scanning voting machines, called the DS200.  To vote for the candidate(s) of your choice, complete the oval next to the candidate's name on the paper ballot.  Likewise, to vote for or against a referendum question, complete the oval to the right of "Yes" or "No."  To vote for a write-in candidate, write the person's name on the line provided and complete the oval next to the name you have written in. Once you have completed your ballot, insert it into the appropriate ballot machine. Wait for the machine screen to read 'Thank you for voting' before walking away.

Correcting Your Ballot
If you make a mistake on your ballot, you may ask for a new ballot.  You are allowed up to three ballots due to errors you made in marking the ballot.  If you need assistance, please see a Chief Election Inspector.