Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are You Ready to Cast a Ballot in the August 9th Primary Election?

For Release: Friday - July 15, 2016

Please take some time NOW to make sure your vote can be cast and counted on August 9th!

Are you registered to vote? It's easy to find out. Just go to and select "Register to vote," then enter your name and date of birth to confirm that you are registered at your current address.

If you're not already registered, there are several ways you can register to vote:

By Mail
. Up to 20 days before the election. Next Tuesday, July 19th is the last day to register by mail in order to vote in the August 9th primary. You can start your voter registration form online at – then print, sign and mail it to your municipal clerk along with a proof of residence document.

By Special Registration Deputy (SRD). SRDs are appointed by a municipal clerk to register fellow citizens at many venues within their municipality. You will often see SRDs during election season at libraries, community centers, nursing homes, farmers' markets, outside of banks and supermarkets. You'll need to show an SRD a proof of residence document in order to complete your registration with them (this document can be shown electronically). The last day to register with an SRD to vote in the August 9th primary is next Tuesday, July 19th.

In your Municipal Clerk’s Office
. You can register in-person in your municipal clerk’s office up until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m. or close of business, whichever is later. You'll need to bring a proof of residence document to complete your registration (this document can be shown electronically).

At the Polls on Election Day. If you're unable to register by any of the methods above, you can still register when you go to the polls to vote. You will need to present a proof of residence document when registering (again, this document can be shown electronically).

Here are some examples of acceptable proof of residence documents

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

For additional information on the photo ID you will need to present when casting a ballot, please see the links below.

All Eligible Wisconsin Voters

(Spanish Language version)

Senior Citizens

(Spanish Language version)

College Students

Click here for more on getting ready to vote in 2016!

If you or someone you know does not have a photo ID that is acceptable for voting, have any questions about getting a free photo ID to vote – or need assistance getting required documents – call one of these Voter ID Helplines: 608-729-7720 or 414-882-8622 to reach a team of folks helping voters across the state.

In addition, our friends at the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin are launching a statewide voter education/voter registration tour entitled "Gear Up to Vote" next Monday, July 18th at 10:00 AM at the Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street.

Throughout this summer and fall, SRDs from the League will be taking their colorful minivan across Wisconsin (beginning in Madison's Theresa Terrace/Hammersley Road neighborhood on Monday) to "register citizens to vote, help them find their polling place, inform them about acceptable types of photo ID, and let voters know where to find information about candidates and issues." If you can make it for Monday's kick-off event, then come on out and get answers about voting, register – or just show your support for this welcome, much-needed effort!

Voting is a right none of us can afford to lose.

Take steps NOW to ensure that you and everyone you know can make their voice heard at the ballot box on August 9th and beyond!


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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