Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Today is Election Day: VOTE!

For Release: Tuesday - November 6, 2018

Do not miss this opportunity to make your voice heard at the ballot box in this critical midterm election!

First, make sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

If you discover that you are not already registered to vote at your current residence, don't panic.

You can still register at your polling place today. You will need to present a proof of residence document when registering (this document can be shown electronically). If your drivers license or state ID card has your current address, that’s all you need.

Examples of proof of residence documents are here.

And don't forget a photo ID.

When you vote, you will need to present one of the acceptable forms of photo ID for voting pictured left. (Click image to enlarge)

If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting pictured left, then you're "ID ready." Just remember to bring it with you when you head to your polling place!

What if you don't have an acceptable ID for voting on Election Day?

You can ask for AND vote with a provisional ballot. But, for your ballot to be counted, you MUST either come back to your polling place with an acceptable form of ID before it closes at 8:00 PM OR bring your ID to your municipal clerk's office by 4:00 pm this Friday (November 9th).

For more information about voter photo ID – and how to get a free ID if you don't have an ID acceptable for voting – see our downloadable voter ID fact sheet and/or visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's voter photo ID website: Bring It to the Ballot.

If you do not have an acceptable ID for voting and need help getting one, contact one of these Voter ID Hotline #s: (608) 285-2141 or (414) 882-8622.

Are you a college student planning to use your student ID for voting?

If you do not have one of the other forms of photo ID pictured above, and you are a college student hoping to use your student ID and a proof of enrollment document as your "voter ID," look up your school NOW on the appropriate list linked below to see if your current student ID is an acceptable form of ID for voting. If your student ID cannot be used for voting, you can find out if a separate school-issued "voter photo ID" is available and how to get one.

University of Wisconsin – 4-Year Schools
University of Wisconsin – 2-Year Schools
Wisconsin Private Universities & Colleges
Wisconsin Technical Colleges

Need a ride to the polls?

Check out our statewide list of organizations, transit and cab companies, and over 200 individual Common Cause in Wisconsin volunteer drivers!

Milwaukee voters needing a ride can also call our "Rides to the Polls in Milwaukee" Hotline number – 414-323-1511 – to arrange a ride with one of our volunteers.

Where is your polling place?

To find out where to go to cast your ballot, visit the "Find My Polling Place" page on the Wisconsin Election Commission's "My Vote Wisconsin" website and type in your address.

What's on your ballot?

Visit the Wisconsin Election Commission's "What's on My Ballot" page and type in your address to see a sample ballot.

Have voting questions or problems?

Common Cause in Wisconsin is once again partnering with the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to provide "guidance, information and help to any American, regardless of who that voter is casting a ballot for." You have the right to vote without harassment or intimidation at your polling place.

Election Protection’s highly-trained legal volunteers are available at the hotline numbers above to assist voters with any questions or problems, no matter how simple or complex.

Remember: in order to preserve and protect our democracy, we have to participate in it.

That means voting in this and every other election – and doing everything we can to make sure every eligible voter we know does the same.


Sandra Miller
Director of Information Services & Outreach

Jay Heck
Executive Director
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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