Photo ID Required to Vote

A photo ID is now required to receive a ballot in all special and regular elections. Learn more about photo ID and voting on the GAB website, and visit the Bring It to the Ballot website for information about acceptable IDs and obtaining a state ID card.

UW System schools can provide a photo identification card for the purposes of voting. Learn how to get voting documents from your campus.

Voting

Election Schedule

There are regularly scheduled elections in every even numbered year as follows:

  • The second (2nd) Tuesday in August.
  • The Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in November.

There are regularly scheduled elections every year as follows:

  • The third (3rd) Tuesday in February.
  • The first (1st) Tuesday in April.

You may have a local election in your area before the next state wide election. To find out when your next election is, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

Poll Location

To determine where you should vote, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

If you wish to register to vote at the polls on election day, you can find your polling place by searching for your address on My Vote Wisconsin.

Absentee and Early Voting

You can begin the absentee voting process on-line at My Vote Wisconsin, which will also help you locate your municipal clerk and show you a sample ballot. You can find more information about absentee voting at G.A.B.’s I want to vote absentee page.

Ballot Forms: You can get a copy of GAB-121, Application for Absentee Ballot at G.A.B.’s Forms – Voters page.

Register to Vote

Do I need to register to vote?

If any of the following statements describe you, you need to register to vote before you can cast a ballot:

  • I have never registered to vote in Wisconsin.
  • My address has changed since the last time I voted.
  • My legal name has changed since the last time I voted.

To check your current voter registration status in Wisconsin, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

Eligibility

For specific guidance on residency requirements for UW students, see I’m a College Student. For a complete list of voter eligibility requirements, visit the G.A.B. Voter Eligibility Guide. Among the requirements for voter eligibility in Wisconsin, all voters must be U.S. citizens who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day and who will have resided in Wisconsin for at least 28 days prior to the election.

Registration Process

You can begin the registration process on-line at My Vote Wisconsin, which will also help you determine which district and ward you should vote in. You can find more information about registration at G.A.B.’s Voter Registration Guide.

Voting Problems

If you encounter problems at the polls on Election Day, you should first talk to the Chief Inspector of your polling place. You can ask a poll worker to help you identify the Chief Inspector. If the Chief Inspector cannot resolve your issue, you should then contact your municipal clerk. Finally, if your issue requires further resolution, please contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

If someone challenges your eligibility to vote, that person has the responsibility to prove that you are ineligible to vote beyond a reasonable doubt. See Wis. Stat. § 6.325. To learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a voter, visit the Wisconsin Guide to Voter Rights and Responsibilities. If you encounter problems voting, G.A.B. has provided helpful guidance for specific concerns on their FAQ page.

Provisional Voting

If one of the following two statements applies to you, you will be required to vote with a provisional ballot.

  • I am a first-time voter who registered by mail and has failed to provide the required proof of residence.
  • I am registering to vote on Election Day and have a Wisconsin Driver License, but I am unable or unwilling to list my Wisconsin Driver License number on my voter registration application.

If you vote provisionally, you will have to provide additional documentation to the polling place where you voted by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day or to the municipal clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after the election. You can find more information on provisional voting in the following links.

Contact Information

Government Accountability Board

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) is charged with oversight of Wisconsin’s campaign finance, elections, ethics, and lobbying laws.

To check your registration status, verify your polling place location, see who’s on your ballot, and more, visit the G.A.B.’s My Vote Wisconsin website.

Voter Information: http://myvote.wi.gov

For more information, please visit the Government Accountability Board website

  • call 1‐866‐VOTE‐WIS
  • contact the G.A.B. Help Desk at 608‐261‐2028 or TTY 1‐800‐947‐3529

Municipal Clerk

Register in-person at the clerk’s office. To find your municipal clerk’s address and other contact information visit My Vote Wisconsin or call 1-866-VOTE-WIS.

Student Voter Fact Sheet

What College & University Students need to know about Wisconsin Voter Photo ID

Student Voter ID Fact Sheet

UW Voter IDs

Learn how to get voting documents from your campus.

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Voter Information

Register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot, request an absentee ballot (military and permanent overseas voters only), and check provisional ballot status.

My Vote Wisconsin

Project Vote Smart

Find the candidate that supports your views.

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Disclaimer

This information is meant to give UW students the basic information they need to vote in Wisconsin; however, it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all voting rules. Currently, there is a transition occurring between the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and the new Wisconsin Elections Board, which will take place on July 1, 2016.

Up until that, for more comprehensive information about voting in Wisconsin, visit the G.A.B.’s My Vote Wisconsin page, or click on the links throughout this guide to specific guidance on the G.A.B.’s website. Additionally, this guide does not provide any information about voting in elections in other U.S. states or foreign countries.

If you are a qualified military or overseas voter, please note that different rules may apply to you than as described in this guide. Visit My Vote Wisconsin for more information.