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VOTE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5 

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have any questions about whether you need to register, the information you need to register, your polling place, or any other concerns or questions, contact your municipal clerk (see below) before you go to register and/or vote. The information below provides only basic guidelines.

Am I eligible to vote? You must be a citizen of the United States (Green card not sufficient) and you must be at least 18 years old on or before April 5.

Do I need to register before I vote? You have to (re)register to vote if you have:

  • Never voted in Wisconsin (or have not voted in four years)
  • Not voted at your present address
  • Changed your name since you last voted

Unless one of the above is true, you should not have to (re)register before you vote (however, always bring ID with you).

If I must register, what information will I need? You will need to show one of the following documents (it must contain both your name and current address):

  • Wisconsin driver license/ID Card, current and valid
  • Official Wisconsin government body or unit ID card or license
  • Employee ID card with a photo
  • Real property tax bill or receipt (current or preceding year)
  • Residential lease
  • Picture ID card from a University, College, or Technical College (the Madison College OneCard is not sufficient because it does not contain your address)
  • Utility bill (e.g., cable, telephone – including cell phone) not yet 90 days old
  • Bank statement or Paycheck
  • Check or other document issued by a unit of government

You can also bring along a corroborator – a friend who lives in your municipality, has one of the documents above, and verifies you live at the address you state.

Write down your Wisconsin driver’s license number. If you have been issued a license, you must write down the number, but you do not need to show the License, or (if no Wisconsin License) the last four digits of your social security number.

If you have changed your name or have any other questions, call the municipal clerk (below).

Where do I register and vote? You can register (if you need to) and vote at the same time and place. Now through Monday, April 4 (“early voting”) at your municipal clerk’s office.  (To find your clerk’s office & telephone number (for hours and other info.), visit:

  • www.countyofdane.com/election/clerks.aspx
  • www.co.dodge.wi.us/countyclerk/municipalclerks.html
  • www.jeffersoncountywi.gov
  • www.co.sauk.wi.us/generalpage/contact-us
  • www.co.columbia.wi.us/ColumbiaCounty

On Tuesday, April 5 at your polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. To find your polling place, go to http://www.vpa.wi.gov or call the clerk.

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