The fall general election will be Nov. 6, 2012.
Recent changes in state election laws affect registration and identification requirements at the polls for all Wisconsin residents, including University of Wisconsin–Madison students.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison strives to create not just good students, but also good citizens, and that includes exercising the right to vote.
If you are a U.S. citizen, will be 18 years of age on or before Election Day, and have been a resident of Wisconsin for at least 28 consecutive days before election day, you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin.
Eligible voters must vote at a specific Polling Station (ward) which is determined by the location of your current address. The Polling Stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find out where you should vote.
Do you need to register?
If you are voting at the same address as the last time you voted, you should already be registered. If you have moved in to a new address or even changed apartment numbers, or if you have changed your legal name since the last time you voted, you will need to re-register. Also, if you are a first time voter you will need to register. You can check if you are registered at My Vote Wisconsin. If you need to register see instructions below.
How to register to vote
You have three options for registering to vote. Register by mail more than 20 days prior, register in person at several locations, or register at your Polling Station on Election Day.
Important note: With any form of registration this rule applies -- If you have a Wisconsin driver’s license you must provide the driver’s license number. If you have a Wisconsin state ID card (not student ID), provide that number or the last four digits of your social security number. If you are voting for the first time in Wisconsin you must include a photocopy of proof of residence to register by mail or in person.
Photo ID: Voter Photo ID provisions are not in effect. If they do go into effect, students who do not have a Wisconsin driver license, a passport, military ID, or a Wisconsin ID card will need a special UW Voter Card and the enrollment verification letter that goes with it. Your regular Wiscard ID will not be acceptable photo ID for voting. Proof of current address for registration is different than pending photo ID requirements.
To register by mail more than 20 days prior to the election: Read the instructions on this page and click on the appropriate link for a printable registration form including instructions on how to fill it out. Mail your completed copy of this form to the City Clerk’s office.
To register in person more than 20 days prior to the election: You can go to the Madison City Clerk’s office, Room 103, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., or to a special registration deputy in the Associated Students of Madison office, Student Activity Center, Room 4301, 333 East Campus Mall. There may also be other locations prior to the election. If someone offers to register you, ask to see their ID as a certified special registration deputy.
To register in person up until 6 pm the Friday before an election: You can go to the Madison City Clerk’s Office, Room 103, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Everyone needs to provide acceptable proof of current residence to register this close to the election. (See acceptable forms of proof listed below) All proofs of address must be printed out.
- To register on Election Day at your Polling Station: You will need the same items needed to register at the clerk’s office as described above. Being pre-registered helps you vote faster on Election Day, but registering at the polls is completely permissible.
Acceptable proofs of current address for registering
The following are acceptable proofs of current address for registering, but they must have your current name and address printed on them:
- A printed copy of the Self-service Enrollment Verification Letter. (Note: Only undergrads and graduate students are eligible for voter enrollment verification letters.) Read more about this topic..
- A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin identification card.
- Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
- An identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.
- A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
- A current residential lease.
- A UW-Madison or Edgewood College ID card with a photograph of the cardholder, accompanied by a fee statement for the current semester.
- A utility bill for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before the election. (printed copy of online bill ok)
- A bank statement. (printed copy of online statement ok)
- A paycheck.
- A check or other document issued by a unit of government, including the University of Wisconsin.
- A printed copy of your current bursar’s statement.
- A signed and dated letter on letterhead from your landlord, rental agent or apartment building office stating that you reside at that address.
- A signed and dated letter on letterhead from your sorority or fraternity stating that you live at that residence.
- In lieu of a paper copy of individuals may present an electronic display on a smartphone or computer of a qualifying document to prove their address for residency verification.
Information on absentee voting can be found on the city clerk site. Please note all deadlines so that you can get your absentee ballot submitted in time.
Where do I vote?
Find your polling place location. (Due to redistricting, maps are incomplete.) Information will be available before the election. Keep checking the website or contact the City Clerk’s office directly if you need information about your polling place now.
If you live in: Adams, Barnard, Chadbourne, Elizabeth Waters, Slichter or Tripp halls
Your polling place is: Memorial Union (map)
If you live in: Bradley, Cole, Humphrey, Jorns, Kronshage, Dejope, Phillips or Sullivan halls
Your polling place is: Holt Commons (map)
Summer polling location: Memorial Union
If you live in: Sellery or Witte halls
Your polling place is: Gordon Dining and Events Center (map)
Summer polling location: Memorial Union
If you live in: Ogg or Newell J. Smith halls
Your polling place for elections during the academic year is: 21 N. Park Street.
Your polling place for elections that are not during the academic year is: Doyle Administration Building, 545 W. Dayton St. (map).
If you live in: Zoe Bayliss Co-op, Merit House or Susan B. Davis
Your polling place is: Porchlight (map)
If you live in: Eagle Heights or University Houses
Your polling place is: Eagle Heights Community Center (map)
If you live in: Harvey Street Apartments
Your polling place is: Hoyt School (map)
How do I vote absentee?
Information on absentee voting can be found on the City Clerk’s website or on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s website. Please note all deadlines so that you can get your absentee ballot submitted in time.