Wisconsin Voter ID Laws

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Official State Information

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Key Dates

General Election: November 6, 2012
Action Date
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Check official state voter page to find key dates.

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Full Transcript

Intro and agenda:

Hello I’m Daphne O’Neal and you are watching the Voter-ID.com update for the state of Wisconsin. This video will give you an overview of what you need to know to exercise your right to vote. We’ll cover the latest and pending changes, what forms of ID are acceptable, who is eligible to vote, registration procedures and deadlines, when you can vote and where you can get additional assistance.

Latest and Pending changes

In Wisconsin two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, have thrown out the states Photo-ID requirement. The Wisconsin Attorney General is appealing these rulings but as of this video September 21st, voters are NOT required to present Photo ID when you vote in person. However if the law is reinstated on appeal, you WILL need to show photo ID.

This video will describe the law as it currently stands. Below the video on this page are the Photo ID requirements that the Wisconsin Attorney General would like to enforce. We recommend that, if possible, you get a Photo ID that matches these requirements as soon as possible, just in case the appeal succeeds. Even now, SOME documentation IS required to REGISTER to vote.

Voters in Wisconsin may register to vote right up until Election Day.  Until October 17, no proof of residence is required to register to vote. After October 17, you will need to show proof of residence in order to register to vote. You will also need to show proof of residence if you are a first time voter registering by mail.

If you believe you are registered to vote it is a good idea to check your voter registration status to make sure your information is up to date at myvote.wi.gov.  There is a link in the Green section at the bottom of this page.

Required Documentation for Voter Registration

You’ll need a Wisconsin driver’s license or a Wisconsin state-issued ID.

If you do not have either a license or a state issued ID card, you may provide the last four digits of your social security number – but only if you don’t have a the other forms of ID.

You can use any of the following if you need to show proof of residence:
* Wisconsin driver’s license, or state-issued ID card
* Bank statement or a paycheck
* Property tax bill from either 2011 or 2012
* Any utility bill from the past 90 days – including printouts of online cell phone bills
* Any document issued by a unit of government OR
* Your student Photo ID card and a fee receipt from the past 9 months with your school address.

If you are registering to vote in person, you may also prove residence by presenting:
* A current lease OR
* A smartphone, tablet or laptop showing any of the other accepted proof of residence documents.

How To Register

Up until October 17, the easiest way to register to vote might be with a Special Registration Deputy in your community.

From now to November 2nd, you can also register at your municipal clerk’s office.

See the link in the blue section below to find a Special Registration Deputy or the location of your municipal clerk.

You can also register to vote on Election Day, but you will need to bring the same documentation that you would need to register before the election.

If you have recently moved, see the special written instructions on this page.

When To Vote:

Election Day is Tuesday November 6, 2012.  Polls in Wisconsin will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

You may also cast your vote early in person or by mail using an absentee ballot.  You don’t have to state the reason you want to vote absentee.

Early in-person absentee voting is available at your local municipal clerk’s office between October 22nd and November 2nd during business hours.  You can find your local municipal clerk’s office using a link provided in the Green section below.

You must first be registered to vote in order to receive an absentee ballot.  You may request an absentee ballot from your municipal clerk anytime by mail, email, or fax.  You may also download the Application for Absentee Ballot using the link in the Green section below, complete the application and then mail or deliver it to your municipal clerk’s office.  Your application must be received by 5:00 p.m. November 1st.

Completed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the municipal clerk by Friday, November 9.

If you do cast an absentee ballot, that’s final.  Under a new law there is no longer a way for poll workers to disregard your absentee ballot, and it’s a felony if you cast two ballots.

Additional Assistance

There are several organizations to help you with any part of the voting process, from registration, getting the proper identification or transportation to the polling place.

Use the links in the sidebar for National organizations and for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.

“Local Assistance” from independent organizations is available in the Blue section below, Official Government information and forms can be found in the Green section below, and Key Dates for your state can be found in the Red section.


We hope we have answered the most common questions for MOST voters in MOST situations or pointed you in the right direction to get more information.  Election laws are much more complicated than we can fully cover here.  Please visit one of the official sites listed below in the Green section for more detailed information.

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