WISCONSIN ELECTION INFORMATION

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General Election: November 6, 2018

General Election Voter Registration (by mail or online) Deadline: October 17, 2018

My Vote Wisconsin. Voters may register at the polls on Election Day (also known as “same day registration.”) Voters must provide a “proof of residence” document to do so.

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Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting (early voting) for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your Municipal Clerk.

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How to Find Your Polling Place:

Visit the My Vote Wisconsin polling place look up page.

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Registration Deadlines:

If registering for the General Election by mail, the voter registration application must be postmarked no later than October 17, 2018.  Electronic registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 19. Voters may also register in-person at their municipal clerk’s office until November 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later).

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Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Wisconsin, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in Wisconsin 10 consecutive days;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Not be a convicted felon, unless your sentence has been fully completed (including probation and parole); and
  • Not declared mentally incompetent to vote through a judicial proceeding.

How to Register: Wisconsin residents may register in any of the following ways: 

  • Voters may register at the polls on Election Day (also known as “same day registration.”) Voters must provide a “proof of residence” document to do so. See Question # 5 for requirements.
  • Voters may register online up to 20 days before the next election (i.e., until the 3rd Wednesday preceding the election), at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/RegisterToVote, so long as they have a Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin state ID card.
  • Voters may register by completing a paper registration form and mailing or hand delivering the form to the municipal clerk no later than 20 days before the next election (i.e., the 3rd Wednesday preceding the election). The forms must be accompanied by a “proof of residence” document. See Question # 5 for requirements)
  • Voters may register in person in their municipal clerk’s office until the close of business on the Friday before an election. Voters cannot register on a Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election.[i] There is no same day registration at early voting on November 3 or November 4, 2018. (Voters must provide a “proof of residence” document to do so. See Question # 5 for requirements)

Identification Required for Registration: To register to vote in Wisconsin, you must provide a proof of residence, which includes your name and current address. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • A current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card;
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit;
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card;
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election;
  • A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk;
  • A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before Election Day;
  • Bank statement;
  • Paycheck or pay stub;
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government;
  • Residential lease that is effective on date of registration (not valid if registering by mail); or
  • An intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.

[i] Wis. Stat. § 6.29(2)(a)

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If You Want to Vote Early

Wisconsin allows early voting at your local municipal clerk’s office on weekdays from October 22, 2018 until 5:00 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on November 2, 2018. Early voting is no longer permitted on the weekends.

Voters may search for their municipal clerk at the My Vote Wisconsin webpage.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Registered Wisconsin voters may vote absentee without a reason or excuse by filling out an application and mailing it to the municipal clerk’s office. Ballot requests must be received by the municipal clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before an election.[i]  The request can be made online at www.myvote.wi.gov or by email or fax to the municipal clerk.  If you have not previously provided a copy of photo ID, photo ID must accompany your application.

An absentee ballot sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be received by the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on election day (postmarking it on election day is NOT acceptable).[ii]  Ballots can also be hand delivered to the Municipal Clerk’s office on Election Day.

An absentee application is available here:  http://elections.wi.gov/publications/brochures/absentee-voting; http://elections.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/154/absentee_voting_guide_pdf_83931.pdf  

A list of municipal clerk offices is available here: http://elections.wi.gov/clerks/directory .

[i] http://www.gab.wi.gov/voters/absentee; see also Wis. Stat. §§ 6.84-6.89 (Subchapter IV: Voting Absentee).

[ii] http://elections.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/65/uniform_instructions_for_absentee_voting_all_vot_10756.pdf.

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Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

  • A driver’s license or ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation;
  • A military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service;
  • A U.S. passport;
  • A veteran’s photo ID card issued by the Veterans Health Administration;
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Native American tribe in Wisconsin;
  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before election day;
  • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days);
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days); or
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Such identification must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.  (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)

VoteRiders has created Wisconsin voter ID info cards in English (Madison), English (Milwaukee), Spanish (Madison), and Spanish (Milwaukee).

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Each voter must vote at the appropriate polling place for his or her current address (as long as he or she has lived in that location for at least 10 days). Voters who have moved, even within the same ward or municipality, are required to re-register with an updated proof of residence. Voters who have moved within Wisconsin and lived in their current locations for less than 10 days must vote at the polling place for their prior address, either in-person or by absentee ballot. Voters who have lived in Wisconsin for less than 10 days are only eligible to cast a Presidential-only ballot.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Absentee uniformed service members (and their eligible dependents), and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Military and Oversees voters can request an absentee ballot online at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MilitaryOverseasVoters, by completing a Federal Post Card Application (https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf), or by contacting their Wisconsin municipal clerk.  For details regarding deadlines and other issues, see “I’m a military voter” at https://elections.wi.gov/voters/military and “I’m a U.S. citizen living overseas” at https://elections.wi.gov/voters/overseas Additional information is available at https://www.fvap.gov and http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/military-overseas

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.   For specific instructions, visit https://www.fvap.gov/fwab-privacy-notice.

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You are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin if you have been convicted of a felony and you are currently serving any portion of your sentence (including extended supervision, probation, or parole, also known as being “on paper”).

Once you successfully complete your sentence and are no longer under the supervision of the Department of Corrections (“off paper”) your voting rights are restored, and you regain your eligibility to vote.  You must re-register to vote.

If you are in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence or awaiting trial, you are still eligible to vote — usually by absentee ballot.  More information on voting for former felons and other incarcerated individuals is available on the Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions’ website.

Under Wisconsin law, an individual convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery may vote once they have (a) completed the relevant imprisonment and probation term and (b) re-registered to vote.

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