Presidential election

The presidential election will be on Nov. 3. See who’s on the ballot.

Create your personalized plan to register and vote through the BadgersVote Interactive Voting Tool.

Get your voting questions answered at the voter helpline, (608) 285-2141.

Find voting-related events at go.wisc.edu/VoteEvents.

In-person voting ends Friday

Early in-person absentee voting and registration will be available on campus from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, from Oct. 20 to 30  at outdoor tents set up at these locations:

  • Union South
  • Memorial Union
  • East Campus Mall outside Student Activity Center

The Madison City Clerk is also offering drive-up absentee voting and absentee ballot drop-off at many other locations around the city.

New webpage for voter ID

To vote, you need a photo ID such as 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. (Your Wiscard student ID is not valid for voting.)

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 by visiting voterid.wisc.edu. This new downloadable option has been made available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Election Commission.

The card also continues to be available at the Wiscard Office in Union South. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (subject to change). During in-person voting Oct. 20-30 and on Election Day, the cards can also be downloaded and printed at any on-campus polling location.

Remember that you still need to be registered to vote – having the voter-compliant ID card is not the same as being registered.

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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 28 consecutive days before Election Day, and are not currently serving a felony sentence, including probation/parole, you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin.

What photo IDs are acceptable to vote?

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 by:

  • using this webpage
  • visiting the Wiscard Office in Union South. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (subject to change)
  • downloading and printing the card at any on-campus polling location during in-person voting Oct. 20-30 and on Election Day

The card can be used regardless of the expiration date printed on the card. However, if the expiration date has passed,  when you vote you will also need to present a Voter Enrollment Verification letter to the poll worker on a cell phone or other electronic device.

Remember that you still need to be registered to vote – having the voter-compliant ID card is not the same as being registered.

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

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 myvote.wi.gov 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 wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/change-addy/default.aspx. No further proof of residence is needed. The address on your ID does not matter.

Online registration closes Oct. 14 for the Nov. 3 election.

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 here.

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 MyVote.wi.gov or here: https://www.countyofdane.com/election/clerks.aspx

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.

Notes:

  • 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, credit union or credit card statements.  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.

During early voting Oct. 20-30, you can vote at any participating location, including Memorial Union, Union South and East Campus Mall outside the Student Activity Center.

On Election Day, you can only vote at your assigned polling place. Find out where you vote.

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.

Early on-campus voting

Early in-person absentee voting will be available on campus from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Oct. 20 to 30 at outdoor tents set up at these locations:

  • Memorial Union
  • Union South
  • East Campus Mall

View a list of other absentee voting locations and absentee ballot drop-off sites.

To request an absentee ballot

When you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it back as soon as possible. The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing it at least one week in advance of Election Day.

While studying abroad

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?

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

The next elections are:

Presidential Election: Nov. 3, 2020

Voting sites will be determined.

I'm an instructor - can I share voting information with my class?

Yes! You may share non-partisan information about voting. The Badgers Vote Coalition has prepared this slide for that purpose. This is similar to the other types of general information campus messaging that instructors are encouraged to share.

Please bear in mind that university employees may not engage in political campaign activity during work time and may not use state resources for political campaign activity at any time; employees also may not solicit political contributions or services from other employees while they are performing their official duties. For more information, please read this guidance.

Virtual Voting Office Hours

Virtual voting office hours, every Tuesday (noon to 4 p.m.) and Wednesday (4 to 8 p.m.), co-hosted by a School of Education graduate student and a volunteer with the League of Women Voters. Open to all UW–Madison students. Students are encouraged to bring any voting questions to these one-on-one consultations. Sign up here: https://calendly.com/soevotereducation/15min