Thursday, October 9, 2014

Voter ID Informational Resources from the GAB

Update: The voter ID requirement has been blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Please see October 10th  post for more information.

As you have most likely heard, the state’s voter ID requirements will be in effect for the November 4 general election. This means that voters will need to present poll workers with an acceptable form of photo ID in order to cast a ballot on election day. If you are voting absentee, you must provide the municipal clerk with a copy of your photo ID along with your absentee ballot application if you are requesting a ballot by mail, or present your photo ID to the clerk’s office if you are voting in-person absentee (early voting).

The following photo IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:

o A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
o A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
o Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
o A U.S. passport book or card

Other types of IDs are also acceptable but must be unexpired. To see the full list, click here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is providing free state ID cards for voting. To learn about getting a free Wisconsin ID card, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website:

The Government Accountability Board has launched a new website to help voters better understand the new photo ID requirements for voting and what they’ll need to bring with them to the polls on November 4.  Take a look at Bring it to the Ballot for comprehensive information on voter ID:

In-person Absentee Voting

If you are planning on voting early at your municipal clerk’s office, you may do so from October 20 to October 31. Weekend voting is no longer permitted in Wisconsin, so clerks’ offices can only provide voters with a ballot Monday-Friday, during normal business hours.

Finding your polling place and seeing who is on your ballot

To find your polling place and see what will be on your ballot, follow this link.

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