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Primary Voters Must Now Register With Clerk or At Polls

Date: 
February 1, 2007

Voter Registration for Deadline for February 20, 2007, Election Passes

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s 20-day deadline prior to the spring non-partisan primary election in February has passed, and registration requirements change during the period between now and February 20.

Residents who want to vote in the State Supreme Court race or other primary contests, and who are not yet registered, must now register in their municipal or county clerk’s office or at their polling place on Election Day. Registration by mail or by special registration deputy – often used in voter registration drives – is no longer possible.

To register in a municipal or county clerk’s office, Wisconsinites must have proof of residence. The following documents can be used to prove a voter’s residence:

• A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license
• A current and valid Wisconsin identification card
• Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit
• Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card
• A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
• A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day
• A university, college or technical institute fee card (must include photo)
• A university, college or technical institute identification card (must include photo)
• A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day
• Bank statement
• Paycheck
• A check or other document issued by a unit of government

Registration at the polling place on Election Day also requires proof of residency.

In addition, new voters must provide their Wisconsin driver’s license number or Wisconsin ID number. If they do not have either, they may use the last four digits of their Social Security number.