Wisconsin Now Requires a Photo ID to Vote
Important Voter Registration Information
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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.
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:
- 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.
- 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
- For information on voting absentee.
- Absentee ballots are issued by your municipal clerk. To find your municipal clerk’s information, please visit, My Vote Wisconsin. You can find your municipal clerk’s information by either searching for your voter registration record or by searching for your address.
You can find more information about the deadlines for voter registration and voting by visiting:
Please remember that you must be able to meet the following three requirements** regarding the district or ward in which you wish to vote and/or register to vote:
- I have resided in that district or ward for at least 28 consecutive days before Election Day
- I have no present intent to move to a different district or ward
- Whenever I leave that district or ward, I intend to return to it for study, work, family, or other reasons*
*For more information on student residency scenarios, please visit the G.A.B.’s Student Residency Guide. ** If you are a qualified military or overseas voter, please note that different rules may apply to you than as described in this guide. Please consult the G.A.B. website for further information about military or overseas voting:
- Military Voting
- Overseas Voting
- Military and Permanent Overseas voters are encouraged to use My Vote Wisconsin to request and receive and absentee 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.
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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.
Important Voter Registration Deadlines
Information provided by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board