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MSF Voter ID Instructions: Libguides

2016 Elections

Voter Registration

How To Register To Vote

By Mail - Up to 20 days before the election. Registration forms should be mailed to your municipal clerk. You can start your voter registration form online at http://myvote.wi.gov. Your form must be printed, signed, and mailed or delivered, to your municipal clerk. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering. If you are registering by mail, you can use any of the forms of Proof of Residence except a residential lease.

By Special Registration Deputy (SRDs) - SRDs are trained by some municipalities to collect voter registration forms. Those SRDs must turn in all registration forms by 5:00 PM on the 20th day before the election and cannot collect registration forms after that date. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering with an SRD.

In the municipal clerk's office - You may register in-person in your municipal clerk's office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 PM, or close of business, whichever is later. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote. (Marshfield Municipal Clerk Hours & Info)

At the polling place on Election Day - You may register at the polls on Election Day. You must always provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.

What To Bring To Register To Vote

If you have been issued a State of Wisconsin Driver License or ID card that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If your WI driver license is revoked, suspended, or expired; or your WI DOT-issued ID card is expired, provide the number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a WI driver license or WI 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. A Proof of Residence Document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin. 

What Documents Can I Use As Proof Of Residence For Registering?

All Proof of Residence documents must include the voter's name and current residential address.

  • A current and valid Sate of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card.
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
  • A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before registration.
  • Bank statement.
  • Paycheck or paystub.
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
  • A letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual's residence for voting purposes.
  • Residential lease that is effective on date of registration. (Not valid if registering by mail.)

*Information provided by the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Voter Eligibility

Who Is Eligible To Vote In Wisconsin?

You must be 18 years of age to vote. All voters in Wisconsin must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the election to be eligible to vote. Persons who are otherwise eligible to vote may register to vote at 17 years of age if they will be 18 by the next election.

You must be a U.S. citizen in order to vote. Citizenship is documented through a U.S. birth certificate or a Certificate of Naturalization, but proof of citizenship is not required to vote. Green card or visa status does not qualify a person to vote in Wisconsin elections.

You must reside at your current address for at least 28 days prior to the election. (You may register to vote as long as you will meet the 28-day requirement by the day of the election.)

If you have moved to a new address within Wisconsin within 28 days of an election, you may be qualified to vote from your former address until you meet the 28-day requirement at your new address.

If you have moved to Wisconsin from another state less than 28 days before an election, you are only eligible to vote for President and Vice-President in Wisconsin until you achieve the 28 days.

Who Is Not Eligible To Vote In Wisconsin?

You cannot vote if you are serving a felony sentence. If you are currently serving any portion of a felony sentence, including probation or supervision, you are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin. Once your felony sentence is complete and your rights have been restored your right to vote is also reinstated, but you will need to re-register.

You cannot vote if you've been adjudicated incompetent. If a judge has specifically determined you to be incompetent to vote, you are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin. If you have been adjudicated incompetent, but not specifically incompetent to vote, then you are still eligible to vote.

You are not eligible to vote if you have placed a bet or a wager on the outcome of the election.

You can only vote once. Each voter is eligible to vote only once in any given election. You are not eligible to vote if you have already cast a ballot (regular or absentee) in that election.

*Information provided by the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

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Use A Student ID To Vote

The standard-issue student ID available in the library does not comply with voter ID requirements. If you do not have any of the other forms of photo ID listed below and would like a voter-compliant ID card from UW-Marshfield/Wood County, please follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Solution Center (Student Affairs Office) and ask for a voter ID card
  • Solution Center staff will take a photo and put the headshot onto a card template, along with your name, the date the card was issued, and the date the card expires. The issue date cannot be more than two years from the expiration date.
  • You must sign the voter ID card for it to be valid. Make sure your signature is on the card before it is laminated
  • On voting day, you must provide your campus-issued voter ID card along with proof of enrollment, such as a class schedule, an enrollment verification letter, or a tuition fee receipt. You may show your proof of enrollment document electronically.

*Information provided by the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board