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pre-register to vote

Registration is open until 5 p.m. 20 days before an election. During open registration, City of Madison residents may register to vote at any Madison Public Library, several University of Wisconsin Libraries, or in the City Clerk’s Office.  State law now prohibits voter registration the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before an election, but voters may still register at the polls on Election Day.

Effective April 4, 2014, proof of address is required with every voter registration.  The Clerk’s Office is not allowed to process voter registration forms without proof of address provided by the voter.  The  following documents can be used as proof of address:

  • Utility bill issued within the last 90 days.
  • Bank or credit union statement.
  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card.
  • Real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the previous year.
  • Paycheck.
  • Document issued by a unit of government.
  • Check issued by a unit of government.
  • College fee statement issued in the last nine months, accompanied by student ID card.
  • Official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • Identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.
  • Residential lease effective on the day of registration (cannot be used if registering to vote by mail).

 

Voter Registration Application Forms

All forms are available from the GAB's website at the link below:

GAB Forms webpage link

You may also access your voter information and needed forms from: myvote.wi.gov

Handout for Tenants (PDF)

Military Voters can register and apply for absentee ballots here

To register to vote by mail, download and print the application above and mail the form to: City Clerk, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #103, Madison, WI 53703. The registration form must be postmarked at least 20 days before the election.  You will need to include a photocopy of one of the following forms of proof of address, showing your current name at your current address:

  • Utility bill issued within the last 90 days.
  • Bank or credit union statement.
  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card.
  • Real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the previous year.
  • Paycheck.
  • Document issued by a unit of government.
  • Check issued by a unit of government.
  • College fee statement issued in the last nine months, accompanied by student ID card.
  • Official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • Identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.

 

Registering to Vote during Closed Registration

Once registration closes at 5 p.m. 20 days before an election, you may only register to vote in the City Clerk’s Office with proof of address, until the Clerk’s Office closes for business the Friday before the election.

Establishing Residency for Voting Purposes

Wisconsin requires 28 days to establish residency at a new address.  Temporary absence does not affect residency. Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 28 day residency requirement as long as you intend to return.

A temporary residence cannot be used for voting. When you register to vote, you must certify that you have resided at that address for 28 days with no intent to move.

You may register to vote with proof of residence in the City Clerk’s Office until the Friday before the election, or at the polls on Election Day. Any one of following items can be used as proof of residence during closed registration:

  • Utility bill issued within the last 90 days.
  • Bank or credit union statement.
  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card.
  • Real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the previous year.
  • Paycheck.
  • Document issued by a unit of government.
  • Check issued by a unit of government.
  • College fee statement issued in the last nine months, accompanied by student ID card.
  • Official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • Identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.
  • Residential lease effective on the day of registration (cannot be used if registering to vote by mail).

 

Registering to Vote on Election Day:

Wisconsin allows voters to register at the polls on Election Day, with one of the following acceptable forms of proof of address:

  • Utility bill issued within the last 90 days.
  • Bank or credit union statement.
  • Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card.
  • Real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the previous year.
  • Paycheck.
  • Document issued by a unit of government.
  • Check issued by a unit of government.
  • College fee statement issued in the last nine months, accompanied by student ID card.
  • Official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
  • Identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.
  • Residential lease effective on the day of registration (cannot be used if registering to vote by mail).


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