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“Top 10 Things a Wisconsin Voter Should Know for Election Day”

Date: 
October 30, 2008

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s Election Division today released its list of the top ten things a Wisconsin voter should know for Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

Number one on the list is that voters should remember they can register at the polling place on Election Day.

“There has been a lot of national attention focused on voter registration and provisional ballots,” said Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin’s Chief Election Officer. “Since Wisconsin, unlike many other states, has registration at the polls, very few voters will likely be forced to vote on a provisional ballot.”

Wisconsin voters can register at the polls on Election Day if they provide proof of residence. Voters who have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license will be required to use their license number to complete the registration form.

A very small number of provisional ballots have been cast in previous elections.

“Wisconsin polling officials have been trained and are equipped to provide provisional ballots in very limited circumstances on November 4th,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator.

There are only two circumstances where a provisional ballot can be offered at Wisconsin polling place:

• When an individual with a valid driver’s license wants to register on Election Day but cannot produce the license number, they will be provided a provisional ballot and have until 4:00 p.m. the following day to correct the problem with the local clerk.
• When a first-time voter who registered by mail has failed to provide proof of residence, they can use a provisional ballot and will have until 4:00 p.m. the following day to show proof of residence to the clerk.

Number two on the list is that voters can check to see if they are already registered with their municipal clerk, or on the Division’s Voter Public Access website at https://vpa.wi.gov

Kennedy encouraged registered voters to double-check their registration online. The site allows voters to look up their voter registration information, ballot information and polling place locations.

“Voter Public Access is very handy, and connects directly to the data in the Statewide Voter Registration System,” Kennedy said. “If you don’t find your registration information, call the municipal clerk’s office and make sure you’re ready for Tuesday.”

Number three on the list is a new state rule for election observers, which has been distributed to all municipal clerks across Wisconsin, along with a brochure available to poll workers.

“We encourage anyone who wishes to witness the voting process in Wisconsin to be an election observer,” Robinson said. “However, every election observer must abide by the same rules, which will be enforced by the chief election inspector at each polling place.”

The election observer brochure is available on the G.A.B. web site.