Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting Qualifications

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day 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 and who has resided in the City of River Falls for at least 10 days before the election. The elector must be registered with the City of River Falls to receive an absentee ballot and provide an acceptable form of Photo ID.

Application Provisions

Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, reside overseas, are hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 715-426-3408. Please refer to the Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commission website for additional information on military and overseas absentee voters.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

In order to obtain an absentee ballot, you must make a request in writing by following one of the methods listed below.


You may download an Application for Absentee Ballot here. Complete the form and mail to the clerk’s office with a copy of your photo ID, if not previously provided.

City of River Falls
Attention: City Clerk
222 Lewis Street
River Falls, WI 54022

The application must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the election in order for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you.

Making a request via MyVote Wisconsin

You may apply for an absentee ballot through My Vote Wisconsin by using the following link: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee.

Absentee Voting in the Clerk’s Office for May 12 Special Election 

On May 12, a Special Election Representative in Congress District 7 will be held for St. Croix County residents only (District 1, Wards 1-4, 15). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, residents are urged to absentee vote by mail.

However, in-person absentee voting is available on a limited basis at the city clerk’s office May 4-8 by appointment only. Voters must set up an appointment by calling 715-426-3523. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., every half hour , two people per appointment. 

Deadline for Returning Absentee Ballots

Ballots that have been mailed to voters include a postage paid return envelope. Ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Any ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted.

Notice of Absentee Voting with Special Voting Deputies

As per State Statute 6.875(4)(6), this information serves as notice that Special Deputies will be administrating absentee voting for the residents of Well Haven, Kinni Health & Rehab, and Comforts of Home on various dates. Visit this link for details