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VOTER REGISTRATION


Registration Deadline: Voters can register to vote at the polls ON Election Day. The mail in voter registration deadline is the 20th day before the election.


Party Affiliation: In Wisconsin, voters may choose which party’s ballot to vote, but this decision is private and does not register the voter with that party. This permits a voter to cast a vote across party lines for the primary election.


 


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS


Age: Must be 18 years or older on Election Day


Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen


Residency: Must be a resident of Wisconsin for at least 10 days.


Felony Convictions: Rights restored upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole, and probation. If you are in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence or awaiting trial, you are eligible to vote.


 


ID Requirements: Registration requires proof of residence. The following constitute acceptable proof-of-residence if the document contains your current name and address


-A current and valid Wisconsin driver license.


-A current and valid Wisconsin identification 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 residential lease that is effective on date of registration (NOT for first-time voters registering by mail).


-A university, college or technical institute identification card (must include photo), ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last nine 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


-A check or other document issued by a unit of government


-A letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual's residence for voting purposes


-An intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.


 


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM


Online: You may fill out a form online. However, it must be submitted by mail, in person, or at the polling place on election day.


In person: Register in the municipal clerk's office up to 5:00 PM or the close of business whichever is later, on the Friday before the election.


By mail/ in writing: Download the application for voter registration, complete the form and mail it into the municipal clerk's office. The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day before the election.


 


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS


Online: Wisconsin Voter Registration Verification


Phone: Contact your municipal clerk if you have problems verifying your voter registration status.


 


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS


Who can vote absentee: Voters do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee.


Other absentee voter qualifications: If the request is made by mail it must be in the office of the municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding an election.


 


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Online: Registered voters may also use www.myvote.wi.gov to request their absentee ballot by clicking "Vote Absentee."


In person: You may request an absentee ballot up until 5:00 p.m. or the close of business(whichever is later) on the Thursday before the election.


By mail: Download the application for absentee ballot. Complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerk's office


Military and overseas voting: Wisconsin Military and Overseas Voter Guide


Other absentee ballot information: A voter may request that a ballot be sent to them by sending an e-mail or fax to their municipal clerk no later than 5:00pm on the Thursday before the election.


 


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Location and time: Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.  The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.


 


EARLY VOTING


Early voting qualifications: Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting. Each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live,  contact your municipal clerk.


 


 


QUALIFICATIONS


Verifying Registration: Wisconsin voter registration verification


Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/


Polling Place: WIsconsin polling place locator


 


ID Requirements: Wisconsin now requires a photo ID to vote. The following IDs are acceptable for voting purposes and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:


-A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended


-A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card


-Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service


-A U.S. passport


The following photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes but must be unexpired:


-A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented


-An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (can be expired or unexpired)


-A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued )


-An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (Valid for 45 days from date issued)


-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. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule.


 


How to Vote: Wisconsin Elections Frequently Asked Questions


Problems with voting: Wisconsin Elections Comments and Complaints


Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional ballot status verification


Verifying absentee ballot status: Absentee ballot status verification

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