Will I need to show a photo ID?
No. You will not need to show a photo identification card to vote.
What races are on the ballot?
Governor, Attorney General, Congress, the State Assembly, State Senate and more. Voters will also consider a constitutional amendment on transportation spending.
Where can I get comprehensive voting information?
The Government Accountability Board maintains MyVote.wi.gov - a website to help you determine if you're registered, help you find your clerk's office or polling place, help you get an absentee ballot and even let you know what's on your ballot. There's also a Spanish language site at: http://gab.wi.gov/voters/spanish.
Why would I need to register to vote?
You have to register to vote if you have never voted in Wisconsin. You may need to re-register to vote if you haven't voted for a while or if your address or name has changed since the last time you voted.
How I can find out if I'm registered to vote?
Visit MyVote.wi.gov to check to see if you're already registered.
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote in your municipal clerk's office through October 31st until 5pm or you can register on Election Day at your polling place.
What do I need to bring with me to register on Election Day?
You will need to bring some kind of proof of where you live. And if you have a valid driver's license or Wisconsin Department of Transportation identification, you must provide the number and expiration date. If you have neither, provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you don't have that that either, you will be able to indicate that fact and register to vote.
Do I need to show my drive's license or DOT ID or Social Security card to register?
No, just tell them the numbers, unless you want to show the driver's license as proof of residence.
What can I use for proof of residence?
There are many documents you can use that show your name and current address. Among them: utility bills, pay stubs, banks statements, or letters from government offices regarding things like food stamps, Wisconsin Works, Wisconsin Shares, BadgerCare, Social Security or SSI. Documents from your high school, technical college or public university including notices about financial aid, grades or scheduling. Medicare notices and Medicaid Explanation of Benefits from the government are also accepted.
Can I vote early?
Yes! Early voting in your local municipal clerks' offices started on Monday, October 20th and continues through Friday, October 31st. A new law limits the hours to 8am to 7pm weekdays. This is no longer weekend voting available.
Is every clerk's office open during those hours?
Check with your local clerk's office to determine specific hours for those locations. You may make an appointment to vote early in some towns.
Can I still get an absentee ballot by mail?
Yes. Go online to download an absentee ballot application. You can even fill it out on your computer before you download and print it. You can get an absentee ballot at your clerk's office or by mail. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5pm on Thursday, October 30th.
When I mail it or turn in my absentee ballot, do I need to provide anything other than the ballot?
There is a certificate on the absentee ballot envelope that you have to fill out and a witness must sign.
What if I've moved recently?
You can vote at your new address if you've been there for 28 days. If you moved within 28 days of voting, you are suppose to vote from your previous address, either by absentee ballot or at your old polling place. If you have moved to Wisconsin from another state less than 28 days before an election, you are only eligible to vote in presidential elections.
If I vote on Election Day is there anything I need to bring to the polls in order to vote?
No. But a law that went into effect in 2011 requires that you sign the poll book.
What if I have problems or experience irregularity when voting?
Tell the chief inspector at your polling place. And if you aren't satisfied, contact the the municipal clerk. Still not happy? You can file a complaint with the Government Accountability Board or the US Department of Justice - (800) 253-3931.