Friday, October 2, 2020

How Wisconsin College and University Students Must Prepare to Vote On or Before November 3rd

For Release: October 2, 2020

Important Information You Need to Be Able to Vote

Now that classes are underway this semester and we are just about one month from the November 3 election, NOW is a good time for college and university students to make sure they are ready to vote in Wisconsin.

Common Cause Wisconsin has updated the information students need to be ready to cast their ballot this fall: 

Three Things College Students Need to Do To Vote in Wisconsin

Here, students will find straightforward information on how to register to vote and which photo IDs are eligible to cast a ballot in Wisconsin.

Students can look up their school on the lists Common Cause Wisconsin has compiled on campuses across the state to see if their current student ID is an acceptable form of ID for voting. If the student ID cannot be used for voting, find out if a separate school-issued photo ID card for voting is available and how to get one.

As of August 2020, the standard student ID at only five of the University of Wisconsin's thirteen four-year schools and at eleven of the state's 23 private colleges can be used as a photo ID to vote. 

So, if you don't have a WI driver license or one of the other acceptable IDs, know your options and look up your school today!

Note: you can use a school-issued ID for voting that is expired. If you do present an expired student ID, you must also present (or display electronically) at the polls a separate, current proof of enrollment document, such as an enrollment verification form, class schedule or tuition bill. If the ID is unexpired, then you do NOT need to present proof of current enrollment.

As we have in past years, we will continually update this resource as new information is received or changes. Share this link widely with anyone you know who is attending a college, university, community or technical school in Wisconsin!

Here are some additional voting resources for student voting in any state:

Prepare now, so your voter experience can go more smoothly when you cast your ballot. On Wisconsin!


Jay Heck
Executive Director
608/256-2686 (o)
608/512-9363 (c)

Erin Grunze
Voting and Elections Consultant 

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

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