How Can I Vote if I am in the Hospital?
Hospitalized voters have specific steps to follow in order to request their absentee ballot. These voters need to appoint an agent to retrieve and deliver their absentee ballot if they are hospitalized in the seven (7) days before Election Day or on Election Day.
- The voter can print and complete an absentee request form here. In box 7 of the form, the voter will certify that they are hospitalized.
- The voter then appoints an agent to request/deliver the ballot on the voter's behalf. The voter may appoint anyone as their agent. The agent will need to provide their information on the absentee ballot application. The agent's information should appear in box 7 of the form.
- If the voter is not registered, the elector must complete a voter registration application. The voter registration application can be found here. The agent may deliver the registration along with the absentee ballot request. The voter will also need to provide a proof of residence document with their registration. A proof of residence document proves where the voter lives in Glendale.
- The agent for the hospitalized voter delivers the complete absentee ballot application (and possibly the voter registration form) to the Clerk's Office at City Hall (5909 North Milwaukee River Parkway) for the hospitalized voter. The agent can deliver the form beginning the seven (7) days before Election Day.
- The agent must also show the voter's photo ID to the Clerk's Office when making the absentee ballot request. More information on what photo ID's can be used for voting can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov. An agent must provide his or her proof of identification before the Clerk may issue an absentee ballot to the agent.
- The Clerk's Office issues an absentee ballot, absentee certificate envelope and instructions in an absentee carrier envelope to the agent for the hospitalized voter.
- The agent transports the absentee ballot to the hospitalized voter. The voter votes the ballot in the presence of a witness. The voter places the voted ballot in the absentee certificate envelope, seals and signs the envelope. The witness also needs to sign the absentee certificate envelope. The agent may serve as their witness.
- The agent must deliver or mail to return the absentee ballot to the Clerk's Office. Whether the agent personally delivers the ballot to City Hall or mails the ballot, it must be received by the Clerk's Office by 7:45 p.m. on Election Day so that the ballot may be delivered to the polling location to be counted.