The TAA’s Political Education Committee has put together a helpful guide to early voting for students in Wisconsin:
Students can register to vote at the polls the same day as they vote. In order to register to vote, students need to have a proof of address and either a WI ID or their SSN (info here):
- If you have been issued a Wisconsin driver license or WisDOT-issued ID that is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date.
- If your Wisconsin driver license is revoked, suspended or expired; or your WisDOT-issued ID is expired, provide the number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- If you have not been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license or WisDOT-issued ID, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.
For their proof of address, students can show the Student Center Homepage on their smartphone or tablet [by logging in through my.wisc.edu and clicking the Student Center app thingo – their address should then be listed at the bottom of the homepage]. This counts as a government-issued proof of residence! Students can also choose to bring another form of proof if they prefer.
The Wiscard alone is not enough to meet the ID requirements in the state. If students do not have a WI ID, then they should bring a valid Wiscard to the Wiscard Office at Union South and request a free voter-compliant ID card. Wiscard Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. This info is through the “Obtaining a voter-compliant ID card” section here.
Early voting has already started at the City Clerk’s Office and at many of the public libraries! Students will also be able to cast an early ballot at either Union South or the Student Activity Center October 24 to November 4. Find more information about early voting on this page.
UW-Madison – Union South
Marquee Lounge on 2nd floor of Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, October 24 – November 4
UW-Madison – Student Activity Center
333 East Campus Mall, Room 4204
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, October 24 – November 4
Voting on Election Day
The polls are open from 7am to 8pm on November 8. If students choose to wait until election day to cast their ballot, they should find the correct polling location based on the address listed on their proof of residence. They can check through the state website or through the city portal.