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UW–Madison has organized a number of post-election events for students, including Coping with election-related stress: Wed., Nov. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., hosted by UHS Mental Health Services.

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Provisional ballots

If you cast a provisional ballot in Wisconsin, in order for it to be counted, you must provide the required information to the poll workers at your polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day or to the municipal clerk by 4 p.m. Friday. Visit for more information.

45 provisional ballots were issued at City of Madison polling places on Tuesday.

Provisional voters may provide their acceptable voter ID to the Madison City Clerk’s Office in person, or via e-mail or fax.

Wisconsin law specifies what forms of identification can be used for voting purposes:

  • Wisconsin driver license – may be expired if expiration is after 11/06/2018
  • Wisconsin DOT-issued photo ID card – may be expired if expiration is after 11/06/2018
  • U.S. passport – may be expired if expiration is after 11/06/2018
  • Military ID card – may be expired if expiration is after 11/06/2018
  • Certificate of naturalization issued within last 2 years
  • Unexpired Wisconsin driver license or state ID receipt
  • Unexpired ID receipt issued by the Wisconsin DOT through the ID Petition Process
  • ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin, regardless of expiration date
  • Unexpired ID issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college—must contain issuance date, student signature, and expiration date within 2 years of issuance, along with proof of current enrollment.
  • Unexpired ID issued by the Veterans Health Administration
  • Citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend Wisconsin driver license, issued within 60 days of the election

The ID does not need to show a voter’s current address.

The Dane County Voter ID Coalition offers free help with the state ID application process, and even offers free cab rides to the DMV.  The coalition can be reached at (608) 285-2141.  The coalition is a joint effort of the League of Women Voters of Dane County and NAACP of Dane County.


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Voter helpline: Call or text 608-285-2141


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COVID-19 and voting

Health and safety is especially important this Election Day due to the pandemic. Regardless of where you are voting, we encourage you to wear a face covering if possible, stay at least 6 feet from other people and wash or sanitize your hands before and after voting.

If you’re in Wisconsin and you have been told to quarantine or isolate by a medical or public health worker, you can designate someone to help you vote. Choose someone who is eligible to vote (they must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, have resided in Wisconsin for at least 28 consecutive days, and not currently serving a felony sentence, including probation/parole) to be your “agent.” They can go to your municipal clerk’s office to pick up an absentee ballot, bring it to you to fill out, and return it to the clerk’s office. For more information on how to do this in Madison, call the City Clerk at (608) 266-4601 or email

If you’re having symptoms of COVID-19 but haven’t been directed to quarantine/isolate, you can ask to vote curbside at your assigned Wisconsin polling place. A ballot will be brought out to you. For more information on how to do this in Madison, call (608) 266-4601 or email


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. Outside Wisconsin, visit for requirements in your state.

Accessibility and accommodations

By law, all polling places must be accessible to voters with disabilities. Both the City of Madison and the Wisconsin Elections Commission audit polling places for accessibility. On election morning, City of Madison poll workers use an accessibility checklist prepared by Disability Rights Wisconsin to identify and address any barriers. See details here.

You may use the ExpressVote  ballot marking device at some polling places in Wisconsin, including in Dane County. It will mark your ballot with the selections you make on a touch screen or Braille keypad. The ExpressVote offers large print and high contrast on its touch screen, has headphones, and is compatible with sip & puff devices.

In Madison, language interpretation and curbside voting are available at all polling places. For more information go to the Madison City Clerk’s office website. For voters outside of Wisconsin, check your state’s website for accessibility measures.

What photo IDs are acceptable to vote?

Your Wiscard student ID is not valid as a voter 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 by:

  • Visiting to download the card; print and sign it right away if you can to avoid delays at the polls. Use a residence hall technology center or another campus location.
  • Visiting the Wiscard Office in Union South. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Nov. 3 the office will be open during polling hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • On Election Day, downloading and printing the card at Memorial Union and other on-campus polling locations.

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.


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; outside Wisconsin, visit

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

How to register

In Wisconsin, options for registering include online registration (for those eligible); by mail; in person; or at your polling place on Election Day. The deadlines to register online and by mail for the Nov. 3 election have passed.

Outside Wisconsin, see for the rules in your state.

Register on Election Day at your polling station in Wisconsin. 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, available at, 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 Wiscard 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.

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.

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

Here are the on-campus polling locations:

  • Nicholas Recreation Center (Ward 55): Smith, Ogg, Merit and Davis halls.
  • Chazen Art Museum (Ward 56): Sellery and Witte halls.
  • Memorial Union (Ward 58): Barnard, Chadbourne, Waters, Tripp, Adams, and Slichter halls.
  • Wisconsin Energy Institute (Ward 59): Dejope, Phillips, Bradley, Sullivan, Cole, Leopold, Kronshage, Jorns, and Humphrey halls.
  • University Apartments Community Center (Ward 60): Eagle Heights and University Houses.

Find out where you vote in another state.

Voting early/absentee

Early on-campus absentee voting has ended for the Nov. 3 election.

Absentee ballots need to be returned to the locality (city/town/village) that issued the ballot. Madison absentee ballot collection spots can only be used for ballots from the Madison City Clerk.

If you have an absentee ballot from outside Madison, return it using an express delivery service or discard the ballot and register and vote from your Madison address using early in-person voting.


When are elections?

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

There are no elections scheduled in Madison for the remainder of 2020.Find your polling place

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.

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