Voting in Wisconsin
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in Wisconsin, contact the state election agency.
To register to vote in Wisconsin, you must:
When and where
You can register by mailing a form to your local municipal clerk or in person at the municipal clerk's office. If registering by mail, your application must be postmarked no later than 20 days before the election. In-person registration must be completed by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Election Day registration is also available as long as voters bring a proof of residency to the polls.
As of April 2015, Wisconsin is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
On March 23, 2015, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge against Wisconsin's voter identification law, thereby allowing it to take effect following the April 7, 2015, election. Previousely, on October 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court struck down the state's photo identification requirement for the 2014 general election. On September 12, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit court had ruled to permit Wisconsin to enforce photo identification requirements for the 2014 general election. The court noted that Wisconsin's requirement was “materially identical” to Indiana's statute, which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008. Wisconsin also took steps to make it easier to obtain photo ID cards to reduce concerns that the new requirement would disproportionately affect blacks and Latinos. The appeals panel noted that while this was not a final action, Wisconsin should prepare voters and poll workers for the photo requirement to be enforced. In April 2014, United States District Court Judge Lynn Adelman found that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the rulings from July, which called on officials to waive the cost of securing the documents required to obtain photo identification. The director of the American Civil Liberty Union's Voting Rights Project, Dale Ho, who has been vocal against voter photo ID laws, warned that confusion could be created by reinstating the rule so close to the November 4, 2014, election.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Wisconsin. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the municipal clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Election Day. If mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, a returned absentee ballot "must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election." For other means of delivery, the completed ballot must be "delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day."
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Wisconsin is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting runs for two weeks before an election, ending at 5 p.m. or close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
In March 2014, Governor Scott Walker applied a partial veto to a bill altering the state's early voting procedures. The legislation as passed restricted early voting hours in several cities to 45 hours per week. Walker vetoed this provision, but he left in place a provision prohibiting early voting on weekends. Democrats alleged that the restrictions placed an undue burden on minorities, veterans, the elderly and students. Republicans maintained that the changes were necessary to ensure uniformity in procedures between urban and rural locations, arguing that rural election officials often lack the resources needed to maintain the same early voting hours that cities can offer.
Election policy ballot measures
elections and campaigns
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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Ruling Question (2016)
- Wisconsin Attorney General Term of Office Amendment, Question 4 (April 1967)
- Wisconsin Constitutional Amending Procedure Amendment, Question 3 (April 1964)
- Wisconsin County Coroner and Medical Examiner Option Amendment, Question 2 (April 1972)
- Wisconsin County Coroner and Surveyor Amendment, Question 2 (April 1965)
- Wisconsin Deletion of 1902 Transitional Provision Amendment, Question 5 (1982)
- Wisconsin Election Amendment, Question 2 (1882)
- Wisconsin Election and Terms of Sheriffs, Question 1 (1998)
- Wisconsin Governor and Lieutenant Governor Joint Election Amendment, Question 5 (April 1967)
- Wisconsin Governor and Lieutenant Governor Term of Office Amendment, Question 1 (April 1967)
- Wisconsin Judicial Terms of Office Amendment, Question 2 (April 1953)
- Wisconsin Modernizing Constitutional Text Amendment, Question 2 (April 1986)
- Wisconsin Pocket Ballot and Coupon Voting System Referendum, Question 1 (April 1906)
- Wisconsin Primary Election Law Referendum, Question 1 (1904)
- Wisconsin Prohibition on Felons Holding Office, Amendment 1 (1996)
- Wisconsin Recall Primary Elections Amendment, Question 1 (April 1981)
- Wisconsin Secretary of State Term of Office Amendment, Question 2 (April 1967)
- Wisconsin Sheriff Term Limits Amendment, Question 6 (April 1967)
- Wisconsin State Executive Official Terms of Office, Question 3 (April 1951)
- Wisconsin State Treasurer Term of Office Amendment, Question 3 (April 1967)
- Wisconsin Term Length Wording Amendment, Question 4 (April 1979)
- Wisconsin Terms of County Officers Amendment, Question 1 (April 2005)
- Wisconsin Voting Rights for Children of U.S. Citizens Living Abroad, Question 1 (2000)
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Wisconsin voting."
- Some of the stories below may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.
- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Wisconsin
- Redistricting in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Voter ID requirements and history
Elections in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin elections, 2016
- Wisconsin elections, 2015
- Wisconsin elections, 2014
- Wisconsin elections, 2013
- Wisconsin elections, 2012
- The New York Times, "Federal Appeals Court Permits Wisconsin Voter ID Law," September 12, 2014
- The New York Times, "Wisconsin Decides Not to Enforce Voter ID Law," March 23, 2015
- DMV.org, "Voter Registration in Wisconsin," accessed January 22, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The New York Times, "Wisconsin Decides Not to Enforce Voter ID Law," March 23, 2015
- The New York Times, "Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws in Wisconsin and Texas," October 9, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "U.S. District Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Government Photo-ID Law for Voters at the Polls," April 29, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Voting 101: Back to Basics," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Government Accountability Board - State of Wisconsin, "Absentee voting," accessed December 17, 2013
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker signs early-voting bill; partial veto extends voting hours," March 27, 2014
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