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Register to Vote

To avoid major hassles at your polling place, it is highly recommended that you register in advance of Election Day.

Register at the office of the Election Commission, Room 501, City Hall, 200 East Wells. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

If you are voting at the same address as the last time you voted, you should already be registered.

If you have moved to a new address (even changed apartment numbers or residence hall rooms), or if you have changed your legal name since the last time you voted, you will need to re-register. Also, if you are a first-time voter you will need to register.

Not sure if you’re registered? Visit My Vote Wisconsin.

Registering to vote

If you haven’t already registered, you can register at your polling station on Election Day. However, you are encouraged to register ahead of time to avoid waiting in long lines. You can also register online at myvote.wi.gov or at your municipal clerk’s office.

Register at the office of the Election Commission, Room 501, City Hall, 200 East Wells. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

Important note: If you have been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or a current and valid ID issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your Wisconsin driver’s license is revoked, suspended or expired, or your Wisconsin DOT-issued ID is expired, provide the number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin DOT-issued ID, you must provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these documents, you will be able to indicate that fact.

You must provide a Proof of Residence Document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. This is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin. If you are using the UWM-provided Student Voter ID, you will need to accompany this with an enrollment verification letter that you can print off from PAWS.

What are acceptable proofs of current address for registering?

The following are acceptable proofs of current address for registering, but they must have your current name and address printed on them:

  • A printed copy of the Self-service Enrollment Verification Letter. These are currently available on your PAWS homepage. Click “Voter ID Enrollment Letter.”
  • 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 that 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 that is in effect for the period including election day.
  • A utility bill for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before the election. (A printed copy of your online bill is OK.)
  • A bank statement. (A printed copy of your online statement is OK.)
  • A paycheck.
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government, including UWM.
  • In lieu of a paper copy, individuals may present an electronic display on a smartphone or computer of a qualifying document to prove their address for residency verification.

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Find your polling place

You can find your polling station by entering your address on this website.

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Get out your ID and Vote!

Voter Photo ID provisions are in effect, so you will be required to show ID in order to vote.

You will need either:

  • A Photo ID; or
  • A UW-Milwaukee voter ID card. Note:  In conjunction with the Student Voter ID card, you must provide a separate document proving enrollment (hard copy or electronically, which could include a recent fee statement, school schedule, proof of enrollment letter, or any other document that proves current enrollment). (Your PantherCard does not fulfill the requirements of the voter ID law.)

You cannot just use any form of photo ID – only certain forms are allowed. Please make sure your form of Photo ID is valid. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A U.S. passport
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)

The address on your ID does not matter; the purpose of presenting your ID at the polls is to prove your identity.

If you don’t have one of these forms of ID, you can get a free UW-Milwaukee voter ID card.

UW-Milwaukee voter ID card.

The Student Voter ID card is available to current students at no cost at PantherCard Services, Union Room 143 (across from the Union Grind.)

Important Note: In conjunction with the Student Voter ID card, you will be required to present a Voter ID Enrollment Letter, you must also need to provide a paper or digital version of proof of enrollment. You can access a printable version of the letter of enrollment at any time by clicking on the Voter ID Enrollment Letter link under the Personal Information header on your PAWS account.  The Voter ID Enrollment Letter also can be used to prove residency in conjunction with another form of voter ID.

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