Monday, April 4, 2016

Basic, Vital Information for Election Day in Wisconsin - April 5th!

For Release: Monday - April 4, 2016

Tomorrow – Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 – is Election Day. Exercise your most precious civic right and duty and go to your polling place and vote!

Polling places throughout Wisconsin open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

If you are unsure of the location of your polling place, go to, select "Regular Voter," enter your name and date of birth, and then click "Where Do I Vote" in the left sidebar.

Remember – even if you are already registered to vote – in order for your vote to be counted, you must present one of the forms of photo identification pictured left.

If you are registered to vote but do not have, or cannot find one of the required forms of ID for voting, you can cast a "provisional ballot." However, your provisional ballot will only be counted if you either return to the polling place with an acceptable photo ID before the polls close at 8:00 PM on Election Day OR you present one of the required forms of photo ID to your municipal clerk by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 8th.

If you are not sure where your municipal clerk's office is, visit, select "Regular Voter," choose "Address Search" in the left sidebar, and then enter your address. Remember, if you have lived at your current address for less than 28 days before the election, you must vote at the polling place for your previous address.

What if you're not already registered to vote? You can register at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to provide either the number and expiration date of your current and valid Wisconsin driver license or DOT-issued WI ID card OR (if you have not been issued a WI driver license/WI ID) the last four digits of your social security number. If you've been issued a WI driver license/WI ID card, but it is no longer valid, you should provide BOTH your WI driver license or WI ID number and the last four digits of your social security number. When registering to vote, you must ALSO provide a proof of residence document (this document can be shown electronically).

Examples of proof of residence documents can be found here.

If you experience difficulties in trying to vote or trying to register to vote and/or you experience any type of harassment or intimidation at the polling place, you can and should call this non-partisan, statewide, toll-free "election protection" number: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).


Jay Heck
608/256-2686 (office)
608/512-9363 (cell)

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

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