University of Wisconsin–Madison

Elections in 2018

The general election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Voting hours in Wisconsin are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Offices on the ballot include governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, odd-numbered Wisconsin state senate seats, all Wisconsin assembly seats and some local offices.

During the 2018 elections, UW-Madison will participate in the Big Ten Voting Challenge to help mobilize registration and turnout efforts. Trophies will go to two universities — the one with the highest eligible voter turnout and the one with the most improved turnout. Contact to learn more and get involved.

If you need a ride to vote, Uber, Lyft and Union Cab in Madison are all offering discounted rides to and from the polls on  Nov. 6.

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Be prepared to vote.
Here’s what you need to know.

  • Eligibility

    If you are a U.S. citizen, will be 18 years of age on or before Election Day, have resided in Wisconsin for at least 10 consecutive days before Election Day, and are not currently serving a felony sentence, including probation/parole, you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin.

  • What IDs are acceptable 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, Veterans Affairs ID, 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.

    Students without one of the forms of ID listed above can obtain a UW–Madison voter-compliant ID card free of charge, 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 UW-issued card may only be used for voting purposes. It remains valid for voting even after the expiration date printed on the card. 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-compliant ID card must also present proof of enrollment, such as the university’s Voter Enrollment Verification letter (in MyUW’s Student Center). Students may print the form or display it to the poll worker on an electronic device. This form can also be used to show proof of residence for voter registration.

  • Obtaining a voter-compliant ID card

    Bring a valid Wiscard to the Wiscard Office at Union South and request a free voter-compliant ID card.

    On November 6, voter ID distribution sites will be available at the seven campus polling places. If you don’t have a WI driver’s license or US passport, stop by one of these sites to get a free voter ID between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.. To use it, you must also be registered to vote. They are:

    – Community Center, 611 Eagle Heights.
    – Gordon, 770 W Dayton
    – Holt Center,1650 Kronshage
    – Lowell Center, 610 Langdon
    – Memorial Library, 728 State
    – Memorial Union, 800 Langdon
    – Smith Hall, 35 N. Park St.
    – Union South (Not a polling place, but has ID printer.)


    Wiscard Office Hours

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

    NOTE: Your Wiscard student ID is not valid as a voter ID. Read Chancellor Blank’s statement on this decision.

    Obtaining the free voter-compliant ID card does not register you to vote. That’s a separate process – read more under Registration.

  • Registration

    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

    Prepare to register

    If you have been issued a Wisconsin driver license or DOT ID card, you will need that number.
    If you do not have the above, you will need the last four digits of your Social Security number.  More information is below

    How to register

    Options for registering include online registration (for those eligible); by mail; in person; or at your polling place on Election Day.

    Register online: You can complete your voter registration online at if:

    · You have a current valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID card.

    · Your current name and zip code are in the DMV database.

    You can update your address in the DMV database at No further proof of residence is needed. The address on your ID does not matter.

    Online registration closes 20 days before each election.

    Register at an on campus event: Find an event here.

    Register by mail (in Wisconsin) (more than 20 days prior to the election): Follow the instructions on this website.

    Register in person (in Madison):

    You can register at the City Clerk’s Office until the close of business 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.) Documents used as proof of address may be presented in paper or electronic format.

    Until 20 days prior to an election, you can register at several additional locations, including any Madison Public Library.

    Once registration closes 20 days before an election, you may only register to vote in the City Clerk’s Office or other City of Madison in-person absentee voting site (during absentee voting hours) with proof of address, until the close of absentee voting the Friday before the election.

    Only Election Registration Officials, who are employees of the City, can register you, unless you can register online.

    The City of Madison has trained Election Registration Officials who will be able to register City of Madison residents and assist them in casting an in-person absentee ballot at Madison Public Libraries and some other locations (including the SAC on campus) within that 20-day window. The City of Madison has a schedule of in-person absentee voting for this election on its website:

    Students who live in other municipalities need to contact their municipal clerks for information. They will have to register in-person at their clerk’s office or at the polls. They can get the contact information through or here:

    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 permissible.


    • 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.

    Acceptable proofs of current address for registering

    If you register by mail, in person, or on Election Day, you must provide proof of residence. This document proves where you live in Wisconsin.

    The following are acceptable, 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. (Guest 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-issued ID card on its own is NOT acceptable proof of address.

  • Where do I vote?

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

    Polling places for off-campus residents

    Find out where you vote.

    Polling places for campus residents

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

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

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

    If you live in: Ogg or Smith
    Your polling place (academic year only) is: Smith Hall
    Summer polling location: Doyle Administration Building, 545 W. Dayton St. (map)

    If you live in: Zoe Bayliss Co-op, Merit or 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)

  • Voting early

    In Wisconsin

    You can vote before Election Day using absentee voting, either by mail or in person. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

    In-person early voting on campus will be from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2, Monday through Friday, at the following times and locations:

    – Union South, noon to 6 p.m.

    – Memorial Union, noon to 6 p.m.

    – Student Activity Center, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Voters can also request an absentee ballot through

    Study abroad students should plan ahead about registering, getting an absentee ballot, and photo ID. See tips for study abroad students.

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

    In your home state

    Visit Project Vote Smart to find dates of elections in other states.

  • When are elections?

    The general election is Nov. 6. Offices on the ballot include governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, odd-numbered Wisconsin state senate seats, all Wisconsin assembly seats and some local offices.

    More details on upcoming elections are listed on the City Clerk’s Office website.

    For more information on Wisconsin elections and voting, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission.