Voting is an important way to demonstrate your effective citizenship and affect the future of our country. We have a responsibility to be engaged participants in our democracy.
Plan ahead so you have a positive voting experience. Here is what you need to know to be ready to vote.
Fall General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Spring Primary Election: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Spring Election: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Preparing to Vote
In order to vote, you need to be registered where you plan on voting. You need to register if:
- You are a first-time voter
- You have moved to a new address since the last time you voted (note: Voters must live at their present address for 28 days prior to Election Day in order to vote at the assigned voting location for that address. If you moved to a new address fewer than 28 days ago, you will need to vote at your old voting site for the upcoming election)
- You have changed your legal name since the last time you voted
If you registered in the past, but are unsure of your registration status, check MyVote to confirm your registration status. You can use MyVote to update your name or the address on file for you.
Register to Vote Online
You may register online if:
- You have a current, valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card – and –
- Your current name and zip code are in the Wisconsin DMV database. You can update your address in the DMV database, if necessary.
You may register online in Wisconsin up to 20 days before Election Day.
Register to Vote by Mail or Delivery to Municipal Clerk
If you do not have a current, valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card, you may complete the voter registration form and mail or deliver it to your municipal clerk along with a Proof of Residence document. You can start the form online, then print, sign, and mail or deliver to your municipal clerk along with a Proof of Residence document (note: if you are registering by mail, you can use any of the forms of Proof of Residence except a residential lease).
Register to Vote in Person
You have several options to register in person. You will need to bring a Proof of Residence document.
- At your municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m.
- At any Milwaukee Public Library. View a list of branches for more information
- At the Election Commission (200 E. Wells St., Room 501), Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.
- Register and vote at an early voting site
- Register and vote at your assigned polling site on Election Day.
See What’s On My Ballot
Preview My Ballot
See which candidates and measures will be on your ballot by visiting MyVote- Preview My Ballot.
Research the Candidates and Measures
Make informed choices on the candidates, initiatives, and referendums by doing research. In addition to voter guides provided by organizations and newspapers, BallotReady, a non-partisan national resource, provides candidate backgrounds and ballot measure explanations.
In Wisconsin, you are allowed to bring notes or look at your phone at the voting booth.
Find my Polling Place
Students who live on campus can get a voter ID in the Student Affairs Office.
Off Campus Wisconsin Residents
Find your polling place on MyVote
Out of State Students
If you are an out-of-state voter, you can either vote in your home state by requesting an absentee ballot or register as a Wisconsin voter with your Wisconsin address. You may only vote once per election, so you will choose which residence to be a current registered for. To learn more about voting in another state, go the federal government’s voting website.
Students Studying Abroad
If you are a Wisconsin voter, you can request an absentee ballot on MyVote. Overseas voters have until 5 p.m. on the 5th day before the election to make a request. Once you receive your absentee ballot, it needs to be completed, mailed, and received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you do not receive your absentee ballot in time to meet the deadline, you can mail in the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot form. It is strongly recommended that you request and return your absentee ballot with plenty of time due to considerations of international mail.
Election Day Voting
Wisconsin polling places are open on Election Day from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bring the following items on Election Day:
- An acceptable photo ID
- If you are registering to vote on Election Day, also bring Proof of Residence documentation.
- Voter guide notes on paper or your phone (optional).
If you do not wish to vote in person on Election Day, you may request an absentee ballot. You have several options to request an absentee ballot.
- Online- Request an absentee ballot at MyVote
Note: If you are not already registered, you will need to register to vote before an absentee ballot can be sent to you. See information above to register.
** Your request must be received by your municipal clerk by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the election and must be completed absentee ballot must be delivered not later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive on time.
Early voting is a form of absentee voting that is performed in person. Contact your municipal clerk for early voting locations, dates, and hours.
In Milwaukee early voting takes place from Tuesday, October 25-Saturday, November 5. Weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. More information here.