Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What You Need to Know NOW to Vote in the November 4th Election

For Release: Wednesday - October 22, 2014

With less than two weeks remaining before Election Day, here’s a run down on some of the key things you need to know in order to vote on or before November 4th:

Early voting is available NOW!

If there is even the slightest chance you won’t make it to the polls on November 4th, don’t wait.

You can vote early at your Municipal Clerk’s Office on weekdays until 5:00 p.m., or close of business (whichever is later) now through Friday, October 31st.

Remember: You do NOT need a photo ID to vote.

Not already registered to vote at your local polling place? No problem.

You can register to vote in your municipal clerk's office up until October 31st or on Election Day when you vote. Be sure to bring either the number and expiration date of your Wisconsin driver's license or Wisconsin DOT-issued ID card or the last four digits of your social security number (only if you don't have a WI license/ID card) – AND a hard copy or electronic document (on your cellphone/tablet/laptop) that proves you live within your voting district (e.g., a recent utility bill, bank statement, pay stub).

For more information, check out this excellent Q&A article: “Voting in the Nov. 4 election” from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Are you (or do you know of) a college student looking for basic information about voting in Wisconsin?

CC/WI has developed a one-page fact sheet for students that you can download and print here.

Planning to vote on Election Day, but don’t have a ride to the polls?

We can help.

A number of groups are offering rides to the polls to help ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot. For more information, contact CC/WI by email or phone at 608-256-2686.

Interested in helping others get to the polls on November 4th?

Please let us know! We’ll put you in touch with others in your area who need a ride and/or with other groups coordinating rides.

How about volunteering as an Election Observer?

With the prospect of close races and potential confusion at the polls, volunteering to be a poll monitor is a critical way you can make a huge difference this election.

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin tells us they are in most need of folks in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Oshkosh. So if you live in one of these three communities, and can spare even a few hours on Election Day, contact the League ASAP! But remember, poll observers are still needed across the state – so please do volunteer wherever you live!

Once you sign up, the League provides everything you need to get up-to-speed in no time: online training, a reporting form, a polling place assignment and numbers to call on Election Day if you have a question or need to report a problem.

How to get started? Sign up using the League’s online Election Observer Volunteer Form.

It’s that simple.

And finally, please make your plan NOW to cast your vote on or before Election Day! Take a friend with you to vote, and volunteer if you can.


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach


Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI  53703

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