Wisconsin voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
In Wisconsin you may register at the polling place on election day.
If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for at least 10 days preceding the election. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence (see ID requirements below) must include:
- A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
- A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.
Documents you can use as proof of residence include:
- 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 current residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day (NOT for first-time voters registering by mail, however).
- a pay check or a government check or other document issued by unit of government.
Whatever form of proof you supply must contain a complete name, including both the first and last name; and a current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality. Forms which have an expiration date must be valid on election day in order to constitute acceptable proof of residence at that election.
If you don’t have written proof, bring a friend (with identification) who lives in the same municipality. This person can serve as a corroborator (witness) to verify your address. He or she does not need to be a registered voter but must provide proof of residence, which must be in the same municipality.
If you cannot provide the required proof of residence and are not able to provide a state issued ID or ID number for verification you can cast a provisional ballot. You can then bring in ID before deadline, and the vote is counted.
If your name does not appear on the voter list at your polling place, you must complete a voter registration application before you will be allowed to vote. If you cannot provide the required proof of residence and are not able to provide a state issued ID or ID number for verification you can cast a provisional ballot. You can then bring in ID before deadline, and the vote is counted.
The provisional ballot is counted if the voter provides the election authority with his/her driver’s license number, either in person or via telephone, fax, or email before 4:00pm on the day after the election.
Voting Machines used November, 2008 in Wisconsin
Wisconsin uses the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Paper ballot marking machines with electronic interface:
- Election Systems & Software's AutoMARK Technical Systems AutoMARK VAT
- Populex Digital Paper Ballot
- Vote-PAD's Vote-PAD Ballot Marking System
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- Election Systems & Software's iVotronic
- Premier Election Solutions's Diebold AccuVote TSx
- Sequoia AVC Advantage
- Sequoia AVC Edge II
Optical scan machines:
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 100
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 150
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 400
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 550
- Premier Election Solutions's Diebold AccuVote (including Diebold AccuVote ES-2000)
- Premier Election Solutions's Diebold AccuVote OS
- Sequoia Optech III-P Eagle, also sold by Election Systems & Software
- Sequoia's Optech Insight
Government Accountability Board
- Elections Division - Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
- 17 West Main Street, Suite 310
- PO Box 2973
- Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2973
- Phone: 608-266-8005 FAX: 608-267-0500
Elections Division Voter Information
- Find Voter and Poll Information
- Voters' Frequently Asked Questions
- Find Resources for Voters with Disabilities
- Non-English Voter Information
- Become a Poll Worker
- File a Complaint
- Confidential Listing for Protected Voters Information
State and local non-governmental organizations
Fair Elections Wisconsin
- Fair Elections Wis
- Box 1122, Madison 53703
League of Women Voters
LWV of Wisconsin, Melanie Ramey, President
- 122 State Street, Suite. 405
- Madison, WI 53703-2500
- Phone: 608-256-0827
- Fax: 608-256-2853
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Ashland-Bayfield County
- Dane County
- Door County
- Fond Du Lac
- Greater Green Bay
- Kewaunee County
- La Crosse Area
- Manitowoc County
- Milwaukee County
- Ozaukee County
- Platteville Area
- Pierce-St. Croix
- Ripon Area
- Stevens Point Area
- Whitewater Area
- Wisconsin Rapids
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- From Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's Voting FAQs
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Wisconsin that helps locate Wisconsin's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Wisconsin Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Wisconsin. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Wisconsin page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Wisconsin.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Wisconsin page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Wisconsin. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Wisconsin general information page, which provides information on Wisconsin election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- Student Voting Project Wisconsin a Brennan Center for Justice explanation of student voting rights in Wisconsin.
Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
- Wisconsin Vote has a number of valuable resources for Wisconsin voters, including links to information on how to register and where to vote.