Monday, November 3, 2014

Election Day 2014: Informational Voter Guide

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow!

There will be a lot of items on your ballot on Election Day, including the hotly contested gubernatorial race between Governor Scott Walker and Mary Burke. In addition, the lieutenant governor, every member of the state Assembly, state senators from odd-numbered districts, the state treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state are all up for election tomorrow. On the federal level, there is no U.S. Senate race this year, but every member of the U.S. House of Representatives is up for re-election.

There is also a state constitutional amendment to establish a state transportation fund in the constitution and specify that any money deposited in the fund may only be used for transportation-related purposes. The Government Accountability Board has prepared an informational document on the referendum here.  Several counties throughout the state are voting on referendum questions concerning the minimum wage and Medicaid expansion.

Here are some important things to remember before you head to the polls:

Voter ID

On Thursday, October 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order blocking implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law.  As a result, voters will not be required to show a photo ID at the polls on Election Day.   For up-to-date information on the state’s voter ID law, visit

Polling Place Hours

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Finding Your Polling Place

To find your polling place and see what will be on your ballot, visit

Registering at the Polls

If you are not registered to vote at your current address or have changed your name since the last election, you may register at the polls on Election Day. When you arrive at your polling place, you will need to fill out a voter registration form and provide proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence must contain the voter’s name and current address. Some examples of acceptable proof of residence documents are: a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license, a bank statement, a paycheck, a residential lease that is in effect on Election Day, a utility bill issued within the last 90 days. For a full list of acceptable proof of residence documents, please visit

Wisconsin law requires voters to reside at their current address for at least 28 days to be eligible to vote at that address. If you have not lived at your current address for 28 days, you may still vote from your previous address.

If you have any questions about voting in Wisconsin, you can contact:

The Government Accountability Board Help Desk: 608-261-2028.

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