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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Wisconsin Voter Registration Form or call (866) 868-3947 to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check whether you’re a new voter in Wisconsin or changing your name or address; then provide your municipality and county

Step 2 · Provide your Wisconsin driver’s license number or your Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued ID number. If you don’t have either of these, provide the last 4 numbers of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these IDs, fill in the appropriate circle.

Step 3 · Provide your full name, birthday, phone number, and email address

Steps 4–5 · Provide your residential address and your mailing address

Steps 6–7 · (If applicable) Provide your previous name and/or address

Step 8 · (If applicable) Indicate if you need help when voting, and check if you want to be a poll worker.

Step 9 · Check whether you’re a US citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 10 · Date and sign the form

Step 11 · (if applicable) If someone signed for you because you have a physical disability, that person must sign the form and provide their address


3. Provide ID that shows where you live

You must include a copy of ID that proves where you live. The following IDs are accepted:

  • A Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card
  • Any other ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin government agency or unit
  • An employee ID card with a photograph (but not a business card)
  • A real property tax bill or receipt for 2015 or 2016
  • A residential lease (doesn’t count if you submit the form by mail)
  • A photo ID from a university, college or technical college with a fee receipt
  • A photo ID from a university, college or technical college with an on-campus housing listing provided by the university, college or technical college to the municipality
  • A utility bill dated within 90 days of when you register
  • (Homeless voters only) A letter from an organization that provides services to the homeless that identifies you and describes the location designated as your residence for voting purposes
  • A bank statement, a paycheck, a check or other government-issued document

4. Send the form

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 19 and mailed to your municipal clerk’s office


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the voter registration form from your municipal clerk’s office or at other locations such as Armed Forces recruitment offices.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check whether you’re a new voter in Wisconsin or changing your name or address; then provide your municipality and county

Step 2 · Provide your Wisconsin driver’s license number or your Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued ID number. If you don’t have either of these, provide the last 4 numbers of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these IDs, fill in the appropriate circle.

Step 3 · Provide your full name, birthday, phone number, and email address

Steps 4–5 · Provide your residential address and your mailing address

Steps 6–7 · (If applicable) Provide your previous name and/or address

Step 8 · (If applicable) Indicate if you need help when voting, and check if you want to be a poll worker

Step 9 · Check whether you’re a US citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 10 · Date and sign the form

Step 11 · (If applicable) If someone signed for you because you have a physical disability, that person must sign the form and provide their address


3. Provide ID that shows where you live

You must show a copy of ID that proves where you live. The following IDs are accepted:

  • A Wisconsin driver’s license or ID card
  • Any other ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin government agency or unit
  • An employee ID card with a photograph (but not a business card)
  • A real property tax bill or receipt for 2015 or 2016
  • A residential lease (doesn’t count if you submit the form by mail)
  • A photo ID from a university, college or technical college with a fee receipt
  • A photo ID from a university, college or technical college with an on-campus housing listing provided by the university, college or technical college to the municipality
  • A utility bill dated within 90 days of when you register
  • (Homeless voters only) A letter from an organization that provides services to the homeless that identifies you and describes the location designated as your residence for voting purposes
  • A bank statement, a paycheck, a check or other government-issued document

4. Return the form

Return the form by Nov 4 to your municipal clerk’s office

You can also register at your voting location on Election Day, Nov 8


Check if you’re registered to vote

myvote.wi.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at your Wisconsin address by Oct 29
  • Not be in jail, on probation, or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court or subject to guardianship
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
  • Not be or become involved — either directly or indirectly — on a bet or wager about the result of the election
Mail
October 19

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote early

Early voting dates vary by municipality. Contact your Municipal Clerk for more information.

Bring an accepted photo ID or a DMV-issued voting credential


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling place by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID or a DMV-issued voting credential


Who can vote early

All voters registered in Wisconsin can vote early in person. You can register and vote early at the same location.

Who can vote by mail

All voters registered in Wisconsin can vote by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your municipality and county

Step 2 · Provide your name, birthday, and contact information

Step 3 · Provide your address

Step 4 · (If applicable) Indicate if you’re in the military or living overseas

Step 5 · Provide the address, fax number, or email address where you want your ballot sent

Step 6 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election, write Nov 8, 2016for the date of the election

Step 7 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail the signed and completed form to your Municipal Clerk’s office so it’s received by 5 PM on Nov 3

Attach a copy of accepted ID, if required.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your ballot to the address on the return envelope so it’s postmarked by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on myvote.wi.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early

Early voting dates vary by municipality. Contact your Municipal Clerk for more information.

Bring an accepted photo ID or a DMV-issued voting credential


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling place by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID or a DMV-issued voting credential

Voting requirements
  • Live at a Wisconsin address by Oct 29
  • Be registered to vote in Wisconsin or register to vote at the polls on Election Day. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in prison, on parole, or on probation for a conviction of a felony, treason, or bribery
  • Not currently judged mentally incompetent by a court or subject to guardianship
  • Not involved or not become involved—either directly or indirectly—in a bet or wager relating to the result of the election.

ID requirements

Attach a copy to your mail ballot application or bring one of the following IDs with you to vote:

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license with photo (or without photo if you have a religious exemption)
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued ID card with photo (or without photo if you have a religious exemption)
  • Military ID card
  • A US passport
  • A certificate of naturalization issued on Nov 8, 2014 or later
  • An ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • A driver’s license or ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
  • Veteran’s ID card issued by the veteran’s health administration or the federal government
  • A photo ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college, or technical college that contains:
    • Date the card was issued
    • Your signature
    • You must also bring a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule
  • A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that has a date of Sep 9 or later

Additionally, if you entered the DMV’s ID petition process (IDPP) for a photo ID or have a petition pending for a photo ID, the DMV must issue you a credential valid as a voting ID that you can use to vote instead of a photo ID.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. If you are registering to vote for the first time in Wisconsin, and you register by mail or you register in person during the 20 days preceding the election or at the polls on election day, you must submit ‘proof of residence‘ with your voter registration form.proof of residenceAcceptable forms of proof of residence includes any one of the following (submit a copy if you mail your registration): a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license; a current and valid Wisconsin I.D. card; any other official I.D. card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit; any employer-issued photo I.D. card, issued in the normal course of business, but not including a business card; a university, college or technical college fee card or I.D. card with your photo and current address (May be used even if the card does not contain the cardholder’s address, if the educational institution provides a certified student list for use at the polling place); a utility bill (e.g., gas, electric, cable TV or telephone) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day;a bank statement; a real estate (i.e., property) tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election; a pay check or a government check or other document issued by unit of government.copyPeople who register in person may also show a current residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day. You may not use your lease if you register by mail. You may not use your lease if you register by mail.
No. Just weeks before the 2014 election, the Supreme Court ruled Wisconsin’s voter ID law unconstitutional. Since this happened so close to the election, your absentee ballot instructions may tell you you need ID.