City of Madison

City Clerk  | Photo Credit: Archie Nicolette

Voter ID Information

Photo ID is required to vote.

Please use the information below if you are interested

in obtaining a free ID for voting purposes.


                                              How to Get a Photo ID to Vote

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 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.

Straight Party Ticket

Wisconsin law eliminates straight party voting for everyone but military voters and voters who are permanently overseas.


Voter Education

The Clerk’s Office holds 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.

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.