Before you can vote, you need to be REGISTERED. And before you can cast an INFORMED ballot, you need to know who your legislators are and what they stand for and what the issues on the ballot mean. This page attempts to provide you with a quick way to get all of that information in one place!
Wisconsin law REQUIRES a photo ID to vote for MOST voters.
- If you have a Wisconsin Driver' license, you are fine!
If you DO NOT have a Wisconsin Driver's license:
- and you have a Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card, you are fine!
- OR you have a Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service, you are fine!
- OR you have a U.S. passport (booklet or card), you are fine!
- OR you have an identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin, you are fine!
If you DO NOT have ANY of these, please CLICK HERE to find out how to get the free state ID card.
We have gathered full page (two-sided), full color handouts from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin for you: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COPIES FOR YOUR OWN USE!
Where Do I Vote and How do I Register? (This will open a new window. To get back to this window, just X out of the NEW window that opens.)
Online Proof of Residency - As of April 4, 2014, (IN WISCONSIN) when you register to vote you must show proof of residence. Electronic proof is acceptable, on either a smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc. This site has examples are either government documents or utility bills, and can be used in the field by voter registrars!
Rock the Vote - (This will open a new window. To get back to this window, just X out of the NEW window that opens.) Rock the Vote is a national organization of the rock/hip hop music industry to interest young people in voting and make it easy for them to register online and via social media.
Many people have forgotten that the original purpose of absentee voting was to be able to vote when you were not in town (not just voting early). You can actually request that absentee ballots be MAILED TO YOUR HOUSE BEFORE EACH ELECTION WITHOUT YOUR HAVING TO DO ANYTHING ELSE IN THE FUTURE! See the Absentee Voting Guide for more information!
WHO AM I VOTING FOR (OR AGAINST)?
Who are My Legislators? Zoom in on the map, then click to see your legislators. Click More Information to be able to locate your Federal House Representative. (Applies to WISCONSIN ONLY)
WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR (OR AGAINST THEM)? WHAT DO THEY STAND FOR?
Legislative Scorecards - See how different organizations rate your State and Federal Legislators!
GovTrack.US - A link to a fantastic database that lets you see how your legistators voted on issues that matter to YOU!
Press sites - For folks with time on their hands and not enough emails. Also good for research!
- OneWisconsinNow - State of Wisconsin affairs including what our federal legislators are doing.
HOW CAN I KEEP TRACK OF WHAT MY ASSEMBLY REP/STATE SENATOR IS DOING?
Check out the Wisconsin State Legislature website and sign up for the Legislative Notification Service at https://notify.legis.wisconsin.gov
You can sign up by legislator name, committee, area of interest or all of the above! It's GREAT!
HOW CAN I KEEP TRACK OF WHAT MY CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE/U.S. SENATOR IS DOING?
Check out the Library of Congress Legislative Alert System at https://www.congress.gov/help/alerts.
You can also sign up WITH EACH FEDERAL AGENCY SEPARATELY for alerts and newsletters on topics of interest!
- also see Election Integrity Project page for more information