Election Day Resource Guide

Election Day is November 4th and is quickly approaching! We don’t at all care who you choose to vote for but we wanted to provide you with some helpful resources to make sure you are registered and know where to go on Election Day.

First and foremost, all voters must be registered. This Voter Registration Guide can answer a lot of questions about when and how to register.

WHEN can you register to vote:

  • You can register by mail up to 20 days before the election and forms should be mailed to your municipal clerk. You can start your voter registration form online. You must print, sign and mail (or deliver) your form to your municipal clerk. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering and if you are registering by mail, you can use any of the forms of Proof of Residence listed (except a residential lease).
  • By Special Registration Deputy. As of June 2011, the G.A.B. can no longer train statewide SRDs. SRDs are trained by some municipalities to collect voter registration forms in that municipality only. Those SRDs must turn in all registration forms by 5:00 pm on the 20th day before the election and cannot collect registrations after that date. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering with an SRD.
  • In the municipal clerk’s office. You may register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m. or close of business, whichever is later. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering.
  • At the polling place on Election Day. You may register at the polls on Election Day. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering.

WHAT to bring to register: 

  • If you have a Wisconsin Drivers License or DOT, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your WI driver license is revoked, suspended or expired; or your WI DOT-issued ID is expired, provide the number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a WI driver license or WI DOT-issued ID, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these documents, you will be able to indicate that fact.
  • You must provide a Proof of Residence Document when registering to vote in Wisconsin.

Other helpful info: 

  • Photo ID is never required when registering to vote.
  • Voters must reside at their address for at least 28 days – if you have moved within 28 days you will need to vote at your previous addresses polling place (or by absentee).
  • You cannot register on the Saturday, Sunday or Monday before Election Day, but can register at the polling place on Election Day.

Here’s a link to find out where your polling place is, based on your current street address. You can also see a sample ballot. Absentee voting is also an option and under Wisconsin law, you do not need an excuse. Here is information on how to request an absentee ballot.

Now get out and let your voice be heard – we are so lucky to have that right in this country!

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