Next Election is
Feb. 19, 2013

Polling hours 7am-8pm

If you would like more information about the next scheduled election in your area, please visit http://myvote.wi.gov.  Here you can view your next election through your voter information screen or by searching for your address. 

Important deadlines for registration & voting

Voter ID

Photo identification is not currently required to vote in Wisconsin more >>

For more information, see the G.A.B.'s website

Student Voting Guide

There are two important recent changes to Wisconsin Voting law that are still in effect

  1. 28 Day Residency Rule
  2. Proof of Residence

This guide is for students in UW System Institutions, who wish to vote in Wisconsin (*please see disclaimer below). The first page of this guide provides the most basic information a UW student needs to register and vote in Wisconsin. The sections are organized around the questions below, which each UW student needs to answer before voting in Wisconsin.

When are elections?

If you would like more information about the next regularly scheduled election in your area, please visit My Vote Wisconsin.

There are regularly scheduled elections in every even numbered year as follows:

  • The second (2nd) Tuesday in August.
  • The Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in November.

There are regularly scheduled elections every year as follows:

  • The third (3rd) Tuesday in February.
  • The first (1st) Tuesday in April.

You can find more information about the deadlines for voter registration and voting by visiting:

Who is eligible to vote in Wisconsin?

Among the requirements for voter eligibility in Wisconsin, all voters must be U.S. citizens who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day and who will have resided in Wisconsin for at least 28 days prior to the election are generally eligible to vote.

For a complete list of voter eligibility requirements, visit the G.A.B. voter eligibility guide.

If you are a qualified military or overseas voter, please note that different rules may apply to you than as described in this guide. Visit My Vote Wisconsin to receive an absentee ballot if you are military or overseas:

Do I need to register to vote?

If any of the following statements describe you, you need to register to vote before you can cast a ballot:

☐           I have never registered to vote in Wisconsin.

☐           My address has changed since the last time I voted.

☐           My legal name has changed since the last time I voted.

To check your current voter registration status in Wisconsin, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

You can find more information about voter registration in Wisconsin, in the other sections of this guide or at Voter Registration Guide and Voter Registration Deadlines.

What are the different ways I can register and/or vote?

You can begin the registration process on-line at My Vote Wisconsin.  Here you can also determine which district and ward you should vote in. 

*If you are a qualified military or overseas voter, please note that different rules may apply to you than as described in this guide. Please consult the G.A.B. website for further information about military or overseas voting:

What documents do I need?

Where do I go?

To determine in which district or ward you should vote in, visit My Vote WIsconsin.

  • If you wish to register or vote at the polls on election day, use the following websites to find your polling place.  You can find your polling place by either searching for your voter registration record or by searching for your address on My Vote Wisconsin 
  • For information on voting absentee, click here.
  • Absentee ballots are issued by your municipal clerk.  To find your municipal clerk’s information, please visit, My Vote Wisconsin. You can find your municipal clerk’s information by either searching for your voter registration record or by searching for your address. 

You can find more information about the deadlines for voter registration and voting by visiting:

Please remember that you must be able to meet the following three requirements** regarding the district or ward in which you wish to vote and/or register to vote:

      • I have resided in that district or ward for at least 28 consecutive days before Election Day
      • I have no present intent to move to a different district or ward
      • Whenever I leave that district or ward, I intend to return to it for study, work, family, or other reasons*

*For more information on student residency scenarios, please visit the G.A.B.’s Student Residency Guide.

** If you are a qualified military or overseas voter, please note that different rules may apply to you than as described in this guide. Please consult the G.A.B. website for further information about military or overseas voting:


What if I encounter problems voting?

If you encounter problems at the polls on Election Day, you should first talk to the Chief Inspector of your polling place.  You can ask a poll worker to help you identify the Chief Inspector.  If the Chief Inspector cannot resolve your issue, you should then contact your municipal clerk.  Finally, if your issue requires further resolution, please contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

If someone challenges your eligibility to vote, that person has the responsibility to prove that you are ineligible to vote beyond a reasonable doubt. See Wis. Stat. § 6.325. To learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a voter, visit the G.A.B. Wisconsin Guide to Voter Rights and Responsibilities.

If you encounter problems voting, G.A.B. has provided helpful guidance for specific concerns on their FAQ page.

If one of the following two statements applies to you, you will be required to vote with a provisional ballot.

  • I am a first-time voter who registered by mail and has failed to provide the required proof of residence.
  • I am registering to vote on Election Day and have a Wisconsin Driver License, but I am unable or unwilling to list my Wisconsin Driver License number on my voter registration application.

If you vote provisionally, you will have to provide additional documentation to the polling place where you voted by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day or to the municipal clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after the election. You can find more information on provisional voting in the following links.

*Disclaimer: This information is meant to give UW students the basic information they need to vote in Wisconsin; however, it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all voting rules. For more comprehensive information about voting in Wisconsin, visit the G.A.B.’s website, or click on the links throughout this guide to specific guidance on the G.A.B.’s website. Additionally, this guide does not provide any information about voting in elections in other U.S. states or foreign countries..