Next election:
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Fall partisan primary - including state Senate and Assembly seats, as well as seats in the U.S. House and Senate


Election Day is Tuesday, August 9. If you’re not registered yet, register at the polls.

Do you have what you need to vote?

Voter Information

The University of Wisconsin–Madison strives to create not just good students but good citizens. That includes exercising the right to vote.

Photo ID

Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Wisconsin state ID, U.S. passport, U.S. Uniformed Services card, tribal ID or Certificate of Naturalization.

The address on your ID does not matter; the purpose of presenting your ID at the polls is to prove your identity.

If you don’t have one of these forms of ID, you can get a free UW-Madison voter ID card, available at the Wiscard office in Union South (or its satellite location, if applicable). The process takes only a few minutes.

Voter ID

Nonresident students without one of the forms of ID listed above can obtain a UW-Madison Voter ID Card and present that at the polls together with a Voter Enrollment Verification letter (printed or on a mobile device). Both documents must be presented at the polls.

The free voter ID card is valid for two years from the date of issue and may only be used for voting purposes. It is not intended as a replacement or substitute for the Wiscard and is not valid for any other purpose or service on campus.

Enrollment verification

Users of the UW-Madison voter ID card must also present the university’s Voter Enrollment Verification letter (in MyUW’s Student Center) to show proof of enrollment. Students may print the form or display it to the poll worker on an electronic device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer. This form can also be used to show proof of residence for voter registration.

Just bring a valid Wiscard to the Wiscard Office at Union South and request a Voter ID card.

Wiscard Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hours may be extended in the days leading up to an election.

NOTE: Your official Wiscard student ID is NOT valid as a voter ID. Read Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s blog post on this decision.

If you are a U.S. citizen, will be 18 years of age on or before Election Day and have resided in 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 (including apartment number), you should already be registered. You can check if you are registered at My Vote Wisconsin.

You will need to register or re-register if:

  • You are a first-time voter
  • You have moved to a new address (or even changed apartment numbers)
  • You have changed your legal name since the last time you voted

If you need to register, see instructions below.

How to register to vote

You have three options for registering to vote: by mail, in person (pre-registering before the election) or at the polls on Election Day.

  • 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 Madison City Clerk’s Office, Room 103, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703.
  • Pre-registering in person: You can register at the City Clerk’s Office any time until 7 p.m. on the Friday before an election. 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.
  • Until 20 days prior to an election, you can register at several additional locations, including any Madison Public Library. If someone offers to register you, ask to see their ID as a certified special registration deputy.
  • 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.

Important note: If you have been issued a Wisconsin driver license or WisDOT-issued ID that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your Wisconsin driver license is revoked, suspended or expired; or your WisDOT-issued ID is expired, provide the number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or WisDOT-issued ID, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these documents, you will be able to
indicate that fact.

You must provide a Proof of Residence Document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. A Proof of Residence Document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin. Please see below for a list of acceptable documents.

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.

  • An electronically displayed or printed Voter Enrollment Verification Letter from the Office of the Registrar. (Only Guest students and Special Students are not eligible for the voter enrollment letter.) 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. (A printed copy of an online bill is acceptable.)
  • A bank statement. (A printed copy of an online statement is acceptable.)
  • 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.
  • In lieu of a paper copy, individuals may present an electronic display of a qualifying document on a mobile device or computer to prove their address for residency verification.

Note: a UW-Madison Voter ID on its own is NOT acceptable proof of address.

Information on absentee voting can be found on the City Clerk’s site. Please note all deadlines so that you can get your absentee ballot submitted in time.

Note: you can only vote once per election cycle, in one location. You cannot vote in Madison AND a separate home district.

Find your polling place

Not sure where you vote? Check here for more information.

Polling places for campus residents

If you live in: Adams, Barnard, Chadbourne, Elizabeth Waters, Slichter or Tripp
Your polling place is: Red Gym (map)

If you live in: Bradley, Cole, Dejope, Humphrey, Jorns, Kronshage, Leopold, Phillips or Sullivan
Your polling place (academic year only) is: Holt Commons (map)
Summer polling location: Red Gym

If you live in: Sellery or Witte
Your polling place (academic year only) is: Gordon Dining and Events Center (map)
Summer polling location: Memorial Library (map)

If you live in: Ogg or Newell Smith
Your polling place (academic year only) is: Ogg Hall
Summer polling location: 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)

In Madison

You can vote before Election Day using absentee voting, either by mail or in person at the City Clerk’s Office. Information can be found on the websites of the City Clerk or the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

Please note all deadlines so that you can get your absentee ballot submitted in time.

In your home district

Information at Project Vote Smart includes dates of elections in other states.

Upcoming elections are listed on the university’s calendar, or through the City Clerk’s Office.

Information at Project Vote Smart includes dates of elections in other states.

For more information on Wisconsin elections and voting, please visit the website for Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board.