Voter ID Information
Voter Photo ID Law Injunction
Two court-ordered injunctions (March 6, 2012 Order) (March 12, 2012 Order) have been placed on the photo identification requirements of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, pending trial and further order of the court.
This affects the photo ID portions of the recent changes to state election law only. The 28 day residency requirement, elimination of the corroborating witness for voter registration, and requirement that voters sign the poll book are still in place.
The City Clerk’s Office will update this website as soon as we have any additional information.
Photo identification used for the purpose of voting is not required to have a current address.
Acceptable forms of photo identification if the expiration date is after the November 2, 2010, election:
Additional acceptable forms of photo identification:
PowerPoint: "Voter ID and You"
Voter Registration Changes
The following changes to voter registration are effective immediately:
- Under the new law, you may no longer register to vote the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election. However, you may still register to vote at your polling place on Election Day.
- Voters may no longer use a corroborating witness as proof of residence when registering to vote. Acceptable forms of proof of residence - http://www.cityofmadison.com/election/voter/voterRegister.cfm.
Signing the Poll Book
Voters are now required to sign or make their mark on the poll book before receiving a ballot. There is an exemption for voters who are unable to sign the poll book due to a disability. This change is effective immediately.
There are no immediate changes to absentee voting, but the following changes will be implemented in 2012.
Photo ID must accompany absentee ballot requests. Voters will be required to send a photocopy of an acceptable form of photo identification with their absentee requests. There are exemptions for indefinitely confined voters on the permanent absentee list, military voters, voters who are permanently overseas, and voters in nursing homes who are receiving their ballots from special voting deputies.
Absentee voting in the Clerk’s Office ends the Friday before the election. The City of Madison has traditionally been open for voting the Saturday before each election, but will no longer be able to offer this service in order to comply with the new state law.
Voters without Photo Identification
Beginning in 2012, voters who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification will be given a provisional ballot. This ballot will not be counted unless the voter returns to the Clerk’s Office with acceptable photo identification by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.
Straight Party Ticket
The voter photo identification law eliminates straight party voting for everyone but military voters and voters who are permanently overseas.
The Clerk’s Office will hold voter education sessions throughout the community to answer questions about these changes in state law. If you would like someone to speak to your group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-266-4601.
Please review our PowerPoint: "Voter ID and You"
We ask that you help us spread the word about these new regulations. Our goal is for all eligible voters to be able to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted.Additional information from the Government Accountability Board http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/photo-id