National Voter Registration Day 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 5:57pm
This Tuesday the City of Madison will join hundreds of communities nationwide in celebrating National Voter Registration Day.
Although the City of Madison Clerk’s Office has set up 231 voter registration drives for next week, many voters will be able to register to vote from home. Voters who have a Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID can completely register online at https://MyVote.wi.gov as long as they have updated their address with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Those who have moved since they last voted are encouraged to update their registration this week. Voter registration can be verified at https://MyVote.wi.gov.
Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a non-partisan celebration of democracy focused on facilitating the right to vote.
The Clerk’s Office will hold voter registration drives throughout the city on Tuesday:
- 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., City Clerk’s Office, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm. 103
- 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., UW Pres House, 731 State Street
- 11 a.m. – noon, alongside the Library Dream Bus at Leopold Elementary, 2602 Post Road
- 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Bayview Community Center, 601 Bayview
- Noon – 4 p.m., Ian’s Pizza on State, 100 State Street
- 12:15-1:15 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at Bridge-Lakepoint-Waunona Community Center, 1917 Lake Point Drive
- 2-5 p.m., Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street
- 4-10 p.m., Genna’s Cocktail Bar, 105 W. Main Street
The week of National Voter Registration Day will kick off with the following voter registration drives on Monday, September 21:
- 12-12:45 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at 7933 Tree Lane
- 1-2 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at The Crossings, 1128 Morraine View Drive
- 2:15-3:15 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at ReNew, 6723 Schroeder Road
The celebration of democracy will continue with the following registration drives on Wednesday, September 23:
- 1-2 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at Mendota Elementary, 4002 School Road
- 2:15-3:15 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at Kennedy Heights, 199 Kennedy Heights
- 3:30-4 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at Oak Park Terrace, 571 Branding Lane
Additional voter registration drives will be held on Thursday, September 24:
- 10 a.m. – noon, Good Shepherd Food Pantry, 5701 Raymond Road
- 10:30 a.m. – noon, Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street
- 11:30 a.m. – noon, alongside the Library Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary, 4114 Donald Drive
- Noon – 6 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 216 State Street
- 2-2:30 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Court
- 5:30-7 p.m., Urban League Parking Lot, 2222 S. Park Street
- 5:30-7 p.m., Good Shepherd Food Pantry, 5701 Raymond Road
Voters will also have an opportunity to register or update their voter registration on Friday, September 25:
- 1-1:45 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at Allied Drive Learning Center, 2237 Allied Drive
- 2:15-3 p.m., alongside the Library Dream Bus at Owl Creek, 23 Horned Owl Drive
- 5-7 p.m., Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin Street (hosted by the Latino Professionals Association and Forward Madison FC)
Saturday, September 26, will be the first of two consecutive Democracy in the Park Saturdays. Poll workers will be in every City of Madison community park, neighborhood park, and mini park to register voters, answer questions about voting, and accept the delivery of absentee ballots. This is the biggest event the City Clerk’s Office has ever planned outside of an Election Day.
The City Clerk’s Office is working with other community groups, including Freedom, Inc., to plan additional voter registration drives.
To search for National Voter Registration Day events by zip code, visit https://NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org/events.
Proof of Address
Proof of address, either on paper or in an electronic format, is required for all voter registrations that are not completely submitted online (proof of address is verified with the DMV for online submissions). The following types of documents are acceptable as proof of address, showing the voter’s name and current address:
- Utility bill issued within the past 90 days (water, gas, electric, cable, internet, landline or cellular phone)
- Bank statement (bank, credit union, credit card, or mortgage statement)
- Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card
- Paycheck or pay stub
- Document issued by a unit of government (this includes a public school, Madison College, or UW-Madison)
- Check issued by a unit of government
- Affidavit from an agency (public or private) providing homeless services
- Edgewood College fee statement, accompanied by an Edgewood College student ID
- Intake document from a residential care facility
The types of proof of address most commonly used in the City of Madison are Wisconsin driver license/ID cards, Madison Water Utility bills, Madison Gas & Electric bills, and UW-Madison documents.
The City of Madison currently has 183,040 registered voters. Since the August 11 Primary Election, 10,789 Madison residents have registered to vote.