Registering to Vote
Wisconsin law requires every qualified voter to maintain a current voter registration before voting in an election. You must complete a voter registration application if you are a new Wisconsin voter, your name and/or residential address has changed since you last registered, or if you have not voted in the past four years.
To be eligible to register to vote, you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- have resided at a residential address for at least 10 consecutive days immediately before the election
- have no present intent to move
- not be currently serving a sentence including probation or parole for a felony conviction
- not be otherwise disqualified from voting
There are four options to register: online, by mail, in person, and at the polling place on Election Day. To register to vote, you must provide Proof of Residence. Proof of Residence may be shown electronically on your smartphone, tablet, etc.
Download the Application for Voter Registration (PDF), complete the form, add a copy of you Proof of Residence, and mail it to the City Clerk’s office. If your Proof of Residence is not included, you will be required to supply it before being issued a ballot. Your application is due at 5:00 pm on the 20th day before the election.
Register on or before 5:00 pm on the Friday before Election Day at the City Clerk’s office. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 4:00, with extended hours on the Friday before an election. You will need to show acceptable Proof of Residence.
At the Polling Place on Election Day
When you arrive at the polling place, you will be able to register to vote. You will need to bring your Proof of Residence. Remember, you will also need to show a photo ID in order to vote.
Proof of Residence Documents
Identifying documents must be valid on the day you make an application for registration in order to constitute proof of residence. Proof of Residence may be shown electronically on your smartphone, tablet, etc.
Acceptable forms of identifying documents that serve as proof of residence are:
- A bank statement or credit card statement
- A check or other document issued by a unit of government
- A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license
- A current and valid Wisconsin identification card or license issued by the Department of Transportation
- An employee identification card that contains a photograph of the cardholder, but not including a business card
- A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before the day registration is made
- A paycheck
- A picture ID from a university, college or technical college coupled with a fee receipt containing the student’s current address
- A picture ID from a university, college, or technical institute coupled with an on-campus housing list provided by the university, college, or technical institute to the municipal clerk prior to the election showing the current address of the student
- A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
- A residential lease that is effective for a period that includes Election Day, except for first time voters registering by mail
- Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
If you are homeless, you can register to vote. If you do not have a traditional street address, you may use a letter from a social service agency (public or private) as proof of residence. You will designate where you live on the back of the voter registration form. Please see the Wisconsin Elections Commission information for more information: https://elections.wi.gov/publications/brochures/enabling-homeless-voters