Instructions for voting

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How to Register to Vote

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

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 6

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.

Absentee ballot received by
November 6

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 6

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 6
  • 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 6, 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