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Voter ID Information

**The Seventh Circuit ruling on September 12, 2014 stays the injunction issued by the District Court on April 29, 2014. A link to the Order is here.**

Photo identification is required to vote.

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 6, 2012, election:

  • Driver license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • Identification card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Military identification card issued by a United States uniformed service
  • United States passport

Additional acceptable forms of photo identification:

  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued within two years of the election for which it is used as ID
  • Unexpired driving receipt issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Unexpired identification card receipt issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • Unexpired identification card issued by a Wisconsin-accredited university or college that contains a date of issuance, signature of the student, and expiration date no later than two years after the date of issuance (must also prove current enrollment).


    How to Get a Photo ID to Vote

    PowerPoint: "Voter ID and You"

    Voter ID Brochure


    Video Presentation on Voter ID from WisconsinEye

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  -  


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.


Absentee Voting

There are no immediate changes to absentee voting, but the following changes will be implemented in 2012.

Photo ID must accompany absentee ballot requestsVoters 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.


Voter Education

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 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