Wisconsin Now Requires a Photo ID to Vote

Important Voter Registration Information

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Next Election

There is a clock counting down to the next regularly scheduled election at the G.A.B. Voter Information Center.  If you would like more information about the next regularly scheduled election in your area, please visit My Vote Wisconsin.

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 can find more information about the deadlines for voter registration and absentee voting by visiting:

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. For specific guidance on residency requirements for UW students, see I’m a College Student.
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.

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.

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.

To determine in which district or ward you should vote in, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

  • If you wish to register or vote at the polls on election day, use the following websites to find your polling place. You can find your polling place by either searching for your voter registration record or by searching for your address on My Vote Wisconsin.

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 G.A.B. 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. 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.

For more information, see the G.A.B.’s website.


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. 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.


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You may have a local election in your area before the next state wide election.  To find out when your next election is, follow the link to select your Voter Category and then search for your name or address.

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Wisconsin ID is Now Required to Vote

What do I need to vote?

The G.A.B. advises anyone who does not have a state ID card to take advantage of the opportunity to get one for free. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has a process to allow people to obtain a free State ID card for voting purposes, even if the person does not have a birth certificate.

The process can take time, especially for people born outside of Wisconsin, so it makes sense to get started early and have yours ready for the next election.

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