Are you ready to vote? Make sure!
The Wisconsin Vote organization is providing information for those planning to vote Nov. 4.
Some of the most frequently asked questions:
Are you registered to vote?
If you think you are, it's still a good idea to check ahead of time here to confirm that you are registered at your current address.
How do I register to vote?
To vote in Wisconsin you need to be registered and you can register any time up to and including election day. It is too late to register by mail for the November 4 election. However you can register in person in your city clerk's office. On election day, you can register at your polling place with ID and proof of address.
Where do I vote?
The election division of the Wisconsin accountability board has an online way to find your polling place simply by entering your address. It works for most Wisconsin communities.
If this does not work for you, contact your municipal clerk. You can find the phone number in the government pages of your phone book, or look up contact information here.
How do I vote absentee?
If you can't or just don't want to go to your polling place on election day and are already registered you can vote absentee. To get an absentee ballot, fill out an application and send it to your city clerk. You can look up your city clerk's address on this list. But you'll need to get your application to the clerk's office by the Thursday before the election. In the case of the November 4 presidential election that would be October 30.
Early Voting: You can also show up at your city clerk's office and apply for and even fill out your absentee ballot right there.
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.