How to register to vote in Wisconsin

Town of Ledgeview voting 11/8/16 (WLUK)

In Wisconsin, you can register to vote at your polling place on election day.

If you would like to register before the election, you may do so online, by mail or in person at your local municipal clerk's office.

To find out if you are already registered to vote, check the MyVote Wisconsin website.

Detailed instructions are provided by the Wisconsin Elections Commission:

When can I register to vote?

By mail

  • Up to 20 days before the election.

  • Registration forms should be mailed to your municipal clerk.

  • You can start your voter registration form online at the MyVote Wisconsin website. Your form must be printed, signed and mailed or delivered, to your municipal clerk. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering. If you are registering by mail, you can use any of the forms of Proof of Residence except a residential lease.

Online

  • Up to 20 days before the election.

  • Voters who have a valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID card issued by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can register to vote online on the MyVote Wisconsin website. To register online, the voter must enter a name, date of birth, Driver License or ID number, and an address that matches what is on file with the Wisconsin DMV. If all of the fields match, the voter will be able to register to vote completely online without needing to print, sign or mail the form and without needing to send a proof of residence document. Voters who are not able to match their information with the information in the DMV database will be given the option to register by mail (see instructions above).

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 p.m. or close of business, whichever is later.

  • You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.

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 to vote.

What do I need to bring to register to vote?

  • If you have been issued a State of Wisconsin Driver License or ID card that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your Wisconsin driver license is cancelled or expired; or your WI DOT-issued ID is expired, provide the number and the last four 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 four 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. A Proof of Residence document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin. Please see the Proof of Residence handout for a list of acceptable documents.

Other information about registering to vote

  • Photo ID is never required when registering to vote. However, a Proof of Residence document is always needed when registering to vote in Wisconsin.

  • Voters must reside at their address for at least 10 days by Election Day in order to register to vote. Voters who have moved within Wisconsin less than 10 days before the election must vote from their previous address, either by absentee ballot or at the polling place. Voters who have moved to Wisconsin from another state less than 10 days before an election are only eligible to vote in Presidential elections.

  • Wisconsin law no longer allows a “corroborating witness” to provide Proof of Residence. See the “Proof of Residence” documents for a list of Proof of Residence documents.

  • You cannot register the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election, but you can register at the polling place on Election Day.
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