Elections & Voting

August 11th - Election Updates

The Fall Partisan Primary Election will be held on August 11, 2020, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  City of Shawano residents that typically vote inside City Hall will see some minor changes for this specific election.  Due to the continued concern regarding to COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to limit the number of voters within our facility to allow for proper social distancing.  While all voting will take place within the City Hall Community Room and Court Room, there will still be a tent in our parking lot to protect waiting voters from potential heat and rain. 

Please note that the parking lot entrances closest to City Hall will be blocked off starting on Sunday.  As we are limiting the number of staff that will be present that day, please prepare for the potential to have to wait longer than you are typically used to prior to obtaining your ballot.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding through this process as our primary concern is the health and safety off all those in attendance. 

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming election, please let us know. 

Absentee Voting and COVID-19

Due to the continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, the City of Shawano is strongly urging voters to utilize absentee voting as their means of casting their ballots for the upcoming Fall Partisan Primary Election scheduled for August 11, 2020.

Please note that all requests to mail an absentee ballot must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 4:00 PM on August 6, 2020.  Residents preferring to vote in-person absentee will have until the close of business on Friday, August 7th.

As it stands today, the polls will be open on Election Day (August 11, 2020) in the City of Shawano for those who wishing to vote at that time.  We will be limiting the number of residents that we allow in the building at one time on Election Day to provide for adequate social distancing. This could potentially lead to longer than normal wait times for our residents. Due to these factors we are encouraging residents to utilize one of the absentee options mentioned above. We also ask that you limit the number of people you have with you when you do come in to vote. We know that many of our residents enjoy sharing the voting process with their families - and while we feel this is important - we are requesting that during this time only the voter come into City Hall to vote, if possible. 

Please see the letter below for more information on how to obtain an absentee ballot or to complete in-person absentee voting. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A Letter to our Residents regarding Absentee Voting and COVID-19

Upcoming Elections

Polling Places open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.


  • Spring Primary Election - Tuesday, February 18th
  • Spring Election & Presidential Preference - Tuesday, April 7th
  • Fall Primary Election - Tuesday, August 11th
  • General/Presidential Election - Tuesday, November 3rd
  • Spring Primary Election - Tuesday, February 16th
  • Spring Election - Tuesday, April 6th
  • Spring Primary Election - Tuesday, February 15th
  • Spring Election - Tuesday, April 5th
  • Fall Primary Election - Tuesday, August 9th
  • General Election - Tuesday, November 8th

Regularly Scheduled Elections 

Spring Primary
Primary held on the third Tuesday in February to nominate non-partisan candidates to be voted for at the Spring Election.

Spring Election
Election held on the first Tuesday in April to elect judicial, educational, and municipal officers, and non-partisan county officers, and to express preferences for the person to be the presidential candidate for each party in presidential election years.

Fall Primary
Primary held in even-numbered years on the second Tuesday in August, to nominate candidates to be voted for at the General Election, and to determine which candidates for state officers other than district attorney may participate in the Wisconsin election campaign fund. 

General Election
Election held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November to elect United States senators, representatives to congress, presidential electors, state senators, representatives to the assembly, district attorneys, state officers other than the the state superintendent and judicial officers, and county officers other than supervisors and county executives.

Polling Information

The polling place for residents of the City of Shawano is located at
Shawano City Hall
127 S Sawyer Street
Shawano, WI 54166

A map of the districts can be found here. 

Election Administration

The Clerk's office administers all aspects of the electoral and voting process in the City of Shawano, and is charged with ensuring the electoral process is fair, accurate, impartial, and conducted in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

A reminder to all our residents: The City Clerk's Office does not mail voter registration or absentee voting applications unless requested.  You may receive various mailings form group mass mailing applications.  Many times the applications are not current or don't contain all the necessary requirements.  To ensure that you are filling out the appropriate forms please either contact City Hall, or visit www.myvote.wi.com to register online. 

My Vote WI

Another option for registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot is to visit www.myvote.wi.gov .  This website will allow you to see where you are currently registered or under what name you are currently registered as well as give you the option to update your name and/or address or fill out a New Voter registration form as well.  Please make sure that you are reading ALL of the instructions very carefully as you go through each step so that you are aware of what additional steps you need to make to ensure that our office receives the necessary information to get you up to date by Election Day. 

Also, for MILITARY and PERMANENT OVERSEAS voters you have the option of using MY VOTE to receive your absentee ballot online.  This process does not require as many steps for you as receiving your ballot via mail, email or fax.