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Last Minute Tips for Wisconsin Voters

Date: 
November 1, 2010

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin voters should follow a few simple steps to make voting go smoothly on Election Day.

“Voting is the easiest way to make your voice heard in government,” said Kevin Kennedy, the state’s chief election officer.  “You can make voting faster and easier with a little advance preparation.”

Check your registration.  Elections Division Administrator Nat Robinson urged voters to use the Voter Public Access website at https://vpa.wi.gov to make sure that they are registered at their current address.  If you have not registered to vote yet or you have a problem with your registration, contact your local municipal clerk’s office to check your options.

Find your polling place.  If you are a new voter, the Voter Public Access website can help you identify your polling place location or your municipal clerk’s office can also help you find it.  Many daily newspapers also print the locations of polling places.

Know what proof of residence to bring.  If you are already registered to vote, you will only need to state your name and address and are not required to provide any additional documentation.  If you are registering at the polling place, make sure you have proof of residence and your Wisconsin driver’s license number.  If you do not have a Wisconsin driver’s license, you can use the number from your Wisconsin ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.  Proof of residence can be established with a current lease, recent utility bill, or other official document with the voter’s name and current address on it.  A current university, college or technical institute photo ID is also acceptable if the institution has provided the polling place with a list of students who live in its housing.

Be prepared.  Lengthy ballots filled with candidate races, referenda and bond questions can make polling place wait times longer if voters have not had a chance to review this information in advance.  Closely review your ballot before Election Day by checking out a sample ballot, on the Voter Public Access website: https://vpa.wi.gov.  A sample ballot will also be posted at the polling place.  Make sure you know how to use the voting equipment where you live.  Reviewing your ballot and voting equipment instructions before you get to the polls will help keep the lines moving on Election Day.  Please contact an election official if you have any questions.

Avoid the crowds.  Polling places are busier in the early morning and late afternoon hours as people head to and from work.  Lunchtime is also a busier period of the day.  To cut down on your waiting time at the polling place, consider voting during non-peak hours, such as the mid-morning or mid-afternoon periods.  The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. across Wisconsin.

Avoid bringing undue attention or risk causing a disturbance.  Voters should not wear campaign paraphernalia such as campaign/candidate buttons, shirts, hats, etc. inside the polling place.  Those who wear campaign paraphernalia may be asked to cover it up or leave.

Exercise your right to vote.  Most importantly, go VOTE!  All polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Persons in line at 8:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters with questions or problems should talk to the chief election inspector who is in charge of their polling place. If the voter is not satisfied, contact the local municipal clerk or contact the G.A.B. at 608-261-2028, or gabhelpdesk@wi.gov.  The G.A.B. will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day.

 

 

For more information, contact: 

Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887