Wisconsin Voter ID Information
Voter ID Hotlines: 414-882-8622 or 608-729-7720
In order to vote a regular ballot in Wisconsin, you will need to bring one of the following forms of ID to your polling place that includes your name & photo:
WI driver’s license*
WI state ID card*
US military ID card*
Veterans Affairs Card – Unexpired or no expiration date
WI tribal ID card – Can be current or expired
Certificate of Naturalization – Issued within 2 years of voting
WI-Accredited College ID with signature – Expires within 2 years of issuance date. Bring proof of enrollment.
DMV receipt: ID Petition Process
*Ok if expired after Nov. 8, 2016
IDs that are NOT VALID for voting in Wisconsin include:
- Non-Wisconsin driver’s licenses
- Student ID from an accredited WI university, college, or technical college that does NOT contain the student’s name, signature, picture, date the card was issued and expiration date (maximum two years) plus SEPARATE proof of enrollment.
WI Voter ID Info wallet card (click for printable PDF)
More Info: Wisconsin Elections Commission
Groups impacted by the voter ID law are those who may not have a current WI driver’s license: students, older adults, people with disabilities or low income, and voters of color. Women’s right to vote is also at risk because 90% change their names upon marriage. Wisconsin requires that the name on your photo ID “conform to the voter’s name on the poll list,” although “an exact match is not necessary.” Consequently, whether a woman - or any other - voter receives a regular ballot is subject to poll workers’ interpretation.
VoteRiders’ on-the-ground experience corroborates a new study: net 9% of registered voters in the most competitive U.S. Congressional district in Texas did not vote in 2014 because they were understandably confused and intimidated about the state’s voter ID law - even though they did, in fact, have the correct ID to vote. The result? Without the voter ID education and assistance that VoteRiders and our Partners are providing, an additional 303,609 Wisconsinites may lose their right to vote.
NOW is the time to act, since it can take a long time to obtain the records you need from government bureaucracies or the courts (for instance, if a name change or amended birth certificate is required). Your donation to VoteRiders helps us to provide education and direct assistance so all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote.
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VoteRiders in Wisconsin: 2015-2016
During the 2016 General Election cycle, VoteRiders ran an extensive on-the-ground Voter ID Program in Wisconsin, where more than 300,000 eligible Wisconsin voters lacked a Wisconsin driver’s license nor U.S. passport according to expert testimony.
Our program provided voter ID information to millions of people in Wisconsin, during a time when the state government allocated an inadequate amount of funding to voter ID education. Our staff and volunteers personally verified that 15,000 WI voters had the correct ID to vote, including personal assistance to voters who lacked ID. VoteRiders provided transportation to DMV offices, reimbursement for document fees, and extensive assistance with legal documentation issues.
We were fortunate to work with some of the best local organizations in Wisconsin as our Partners and we continue to provide voter ID resources and expertise for them as needed.