Next Election is
November 4, 2014.

Polling hours 7am-8pm

If you would like more information about the next scheduled election in your area, please visit http://myvote.wi.gov.  Here you can view your next election through your voter information screen or by searching for your address. 

Important deadlines for registration & voting

For more information, see the G.A.B.'s website

Student Voting Guide

Wisconsin voters are currently required to present photo ID to vote.

This guide is for students in UW System Institutions, who wish to vote in Wisconsin. PLEASE SEE DISCLAIMER BELOW. The first page of this guide provides the most basic information a UW student needs to register and vote in Wisconsin. The sections are organized around the questions below, which each UW student needs to answer before voting in Wisconsin.

When are elections?

Next Election. There is a clock counting down to the next regularly scheduled election at the G.A.B. Voter Information Center. If you would like more information about the next regularly scheduled election in your area, please visit My Vote Wisconsin.

Election Schedule. There are regularly scheduled elections in every even numbered year as follows:

  • The second (2nd) Tuesday in August.
  • The Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in November.

There are regularly scheduled elections every year as follows:

  • The third (3rd) Tuesday in February.
  • The first (1st) Tuesday in April.

Deadlines. You can find more information about the deadlines for voter registration and absentee voting by visiting:

Who is eligible to vote in Wisconsin?

For a complete list of voter eligibility requirements, visit the G.A.B. Voter Eligibility Guide.

Among the requirements for voter eligibility in Wisconsin, all voters must be U.S. citizens who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day and who will have resided in Wisconsin for at least 28 days prior to the election. For specific guidance on residency requirements for UW students, see the G.A.B. Student Residency Guide and Memo.

Do I need to register to vote?

If any of the following statements describe you, you need to register to vote before you can cast a ballot:

☐           I have never registered to vote in Wisconsin.

☐           My address has changed since the last time I voted.

☐           My legal name has changed since the last time I voted.

To check your current voter registration status in Wisconsin, visit My Vote Wisconsin.

How can I register to vote?

You can begin the registration process on-line at My Vote Wisconsin, which will also help you determine which district and ward you should vote in. You can find more information about registration at G.A.B.'s Voter Registration Guide.

Deadlines. You can find important registration deadlines for each regularly scheduled election at G.A.B.'s Voter Registration Deadlines.

Proof of Residence. Note that all Wisconsin voters must provide proof of residence to register to vote. All UW system institutions provide student voter enrollment verification forms. The G.A.B. has recognized that these forms serve as proof of residence for registration. UW System schools are no longer able to provide housing lists.

Registration Form. You can get a copy of GAB-131, Voter Registration Form at G.A.B.'s Forms - Voters page.

How do I vote absentee or "early"?

You can begin the absentee voting process on-line at My Vote Wisconsin, which will also help you locate your municipal clerk and show you a sample ballot. You can find more information about absentee voting at G.A.B.'s I want to vote absentee page.

Deadlines. You can find important absentee ballot deadlines for each regularly scheduled election at G.A.B.'s Absentee Ballot Deadlines.

Photo ID. Note that all Wisconsin voters must provide photo ID to vote. G.A.B. has created special guidance on photo ID for those voting absentee. All UW system institutions provide voter ID compliant student ID cards and student voter enrollment verification forms. Both documents must be shown at the same time to qualify as photo ID. UW System schools are no longer able to provide housing lists.

Ballot Forms. You can get a copy of GAB-121, Application for Absentee Ballot at G.A.B.'s Forms - Voters page.

How do I vote on election day?

You can identify your local polling place and see a sample ballot at My Vote WIsconsin.

Photo ID. Note that all Wisconsin voters must provide photo ID to vote. G.A.B. has created special guidance on photo ID for those voting on election day. All UW system institutions provide voter ID compliant student ID cards and student voter enrollment verification forms. Both documents must be shown at the same time to qualify as photo ID. UW System schools are no longer able to provide housing lists.

What if I encounter problems voting?

If you encounter problems at the polls on Election Day, you should first talk to the Chief Inspector of your polling place.  You can ask a poll worker to help you identify the Chief Inspector.  If the Chief Inspector cannot resolve your issue, you should then contact your municipal clerk.  Finally, if your issue requires further resolution, please contact the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

If someone challenges your eligibility to vote, that person has the responsibility to prove that you are ineligible to vote beyond a reasonable doubt. See Wis. Stat. § 6.325. To learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a voter, visit the G.A.B. Wisconsin Guide to Voter Rights and Responsibilities.

If you encounter problems voting, G.A.B. has provided helpful guidance for specific concerns on their FAQ page.

For information on provisional voting from the G.A.B., see below:

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant to give UW students the basic information they need to vote in Wisconsin; however, it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all voting rules. For more comprehensive information about voting in Wisconsin, visit the G.A.B.’s My Vote Wisconsin page, or click on the links throughout this guide to specific guidance on the G.A.B.’s website. Additionally, this guide does not provide any information about voting in elections in other U.S. states or foreign countries.

If you are a qualified military or overseas voter, please note that different rules may apply to you than as described in this guide. Visit My Vote Wisconsin for more information.