Voting in Wisconsin
Voter Registration In Wisconsin
Who Can Register In Wisconsin
To register to vote in Wisconsin, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have resided at your current address for at least 28 days prior to the election
- Be at least 18 years old on the day of the election. Persons who are otherwise eligible to vote may register to vote at 17 years of age if they will be 18 by the next election.
- Not have been specifically determined incompetent to vote by a judge
- Not currently be serving any portion of a felony sentence, including probation. Once your felony sentence is complete and your rights have been restored your right to vote is also reinstated, but you will need to re-register.
- Not have placed a bet or a wager on the outcome of the election
- Not have already cast a ballot (regular or absentee) in that election
You must register to vote at least 20 days before the election you wish to vote in if you are registering by mail or online. You may register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until 5:00 PM on the Friday before the election. You can also register on Election Day at your polling place (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
Wisconsin Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Wisconsin but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your polling place on Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in Wisconsin if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Wisconsin does restore the right to vote upon completion of sentence, including parole and/or probation.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Wisconsin
Where To Vote In Wisconsin
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Wisconsin.
Early Voting In Wisconsin
Wisconsin offers in-person absentee voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. The dates and hours of in-person absentee voting are set by each municipality, and may differ. To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live, contact your municipal clerk.
Primary Elections In Wisconsin
Wisconsin has open primaries. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Wisconsin
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Wisconsin. Valid forms of ID include:
The following photo IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 6, 2018 election):
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
- A Military ID card issued by the U.S. Uniformed Services (including retired and dependent uniformed service IDs)
- A U.S. passport book or card
The following photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes:
- A certificate of naturalization (that was issued no earlier than two years before the date of the election)
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (can be expired or unexpired)
- A driver license receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
- An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
- A Wisconsin DMV ID Petition Process Photo Receipt (valid for 180 days from date issued)
- A Veteran Affairs ID card (must be unexpired or have no expiration date)
- A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college, or technical college that contains the following: Date the card was issued, Signature of student, Expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance (card may be expired). The university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule. Enrollment verification document can be shown electronically.
If you do not have an approved form of ID, you can get a free state ID card. You will need to show proof of identity, proof of citizenship or legal status, proof of Wisconsin residency, and proof of name and date of birth.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. You must present proof of identification to the municipal clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday.
Additional Wisconsin Resources
Your State Election Official
Wisconsin Election Commission
Phone number: 608.266.8005; 800.947.3529