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A Resource for the Tues., Nov. 3 General Election


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What is a General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at local, state and national levels.

NOTE: You cannot register the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election, but you can register at the polling place on Election Day.
On Tues., Nov. 3, polls are open from 7 a.m to 8 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. - noon
Fri., Oct. 9 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County will be available in the library's parking lot to help eligible residents register to vote. Please bring a current and valid (unexpired but can be suspended or revoked) Wisconsin driver's license or Wisconsin state ID card with the your current name and address on it. 

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*Absentee Voter Signature of Witness offered at Oshkosh Public Library
If you need a witness to sign your absentee ballot, a library staff member can provide a signature during business hours.
Here's how:

  • Call (920) 236-5205 or 236-5203 when you arrive at the library during business hours. You do not need an appointment.
  • A staff member will provide a witness signature on your absentee ballot.
  • Please bring a photo ID.
  • Please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing for everyone's health and safety.

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Important Dates for the Nov. 3 General Election
In the City of Oshkosh, you may vote Early In Person Absentee Voting starting Tues., Oct. 20 to Fri., Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., location TBD. Please check the City of Oshkosh City Clerk Elections website page for up-to-date information.

**USPS (Postal Service) recommends mailing your ballot no later than Tues., Oct. 27**

Voter Registration Deadlines & Details: link to

  • Wed., Oct. 14 at 11:59 p.m. - The deadline to register online or by mail (postmarked).
  • Fri., Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. - The deadline to register at your clerk's office or other designated location.

Absentee By Mail Deadlines:

  • Tues., Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. - The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for regular and overseas voters.
  • Fri., Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. - The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail for indefinitely confined voters and military voters (not on active duty).


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Early In Person Absentee Voting (Early Voting)
***Find your municipal clerk's office

You can vote absentee at your local municipal clerk's office. If you apply for an absentee ballot in your municipal clerk's office, or another designated location for in-person absentee voting, you will vote your ballot immediately in the clerk's office, seal your ballot in the proper envelope, and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. No ballots may be taken out of the clerk's office.You will need to show your acceptable photo ID for voting when voting by in-person absentee ballot.
Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality
More information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at

Instructions for Wisconsin Absentee Voters

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Local Issues

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Government Sites

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The Commission on Presidential Debates

U.S. President

  • Tues., Sept. 29 | 8 - 9:30 p.m. CST
    Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Thurs., Oct. 15 | 8 - 9:30 p.m. CST - CANCELLED
    Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, Florida)
  • Thurs., Oct. 22 | 8 - 9:30 p.m. CST
    Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee)

U.S. Vice President
Wed., Oct. 7 | 8 - 9:30 p.m. CST
The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Local Debate Schedules

Fact Checking

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General Resources

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Political Parties

Winnebago County Democratic Party
Address: 480 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: (920) 479-6052

Winnebago County Republican Party
Address: 738 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: (920) 303-9270


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Campaign Finance

Federal Election Commission – Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.

WI Campaign Finance Data


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