Election Day is on Tuesday, April 5th and I encourage all of you to exercise your right to vote! Here is some additional information:
- Most people already have the photo ID they need to vote.
You can use any of these five IDs, even if they expired after November 4, 2014:
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
- Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
- A U.S. passport book or card
You can use any of these IDs, but they must be unexpired:
- A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
- A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
- An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
- A photo identification card issued by an accredited university, college or technical college in Wisconsin that contains the signature of student, the date the card was issued, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university, college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves current enrollment such as an enrollment verification letter, class schedule, or tuition fee receipt.
- A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
- If you are registered at your current address, your photo ID doesn’t need to have your current address.
Some people think they need to get a new driver license or state ID card to vote if it has an old address, but that’s not correct. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles doesn’t require drivers to get a new license every time they move, and neither does state elections law. The photo ID law requires registered voters to prove their identity before getting a ballot. Anyone registered to vote has already proved Wisconsin residency.
- You can register to vote at your polling location with proof of residency.
You must provide proof of residency that includes your full name and current address. The following documents are accepted forms of proof of residency:
- Utility bill issued within the last 90 days.
- Bank or credit union statement.
- Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin identification card.
- Real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the previous year.
- Document issued by a unit of government.
- Check issued by a unit of government.
- College fee statement issued in the last nine months, accompanied by student ID card.
- Voter enrollment verification letter from the UW-Madison Student Center.
- Affidavit from a public or private social service agency, on letterhead, identifying an individual who is homeless and indicating where that individual resides.
- Official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
- Identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business, which has a photograph of the cardholder, but not a business card.
- Residential lease effective on the day of registration.
- Student IDs are not an acceptable form of photo ID for voting.
You can get a free UW-Madison voter ID card, however. If you use this card to vote, you must also present the university’s Voter Enrollment Verification letter to show proof of enrollment. You can show the form to the poll worker on an electronic device. UW-Madison will have a location on-site at Gordon Commons to get a voter ID card. Click here for more information.
- There are significant exceptions to the law for those who have difficulty getting to the polls.
Unlike regular absentee voters, permanent absentee voters who have difficulty getting to the polls due to age, illness, infirmity or disability are not required to provide a copy of their photo ID to get a ballot. The person who witnesses and signs the absentee ballot envelope verifies the voter’s identity.
The same is true for active-duty military who vote absentee – they do not need to provide a copy of their photo ID to get a ballot.
- Be ready to “State it, show it and sign it” at the polling place.
To save time at the polling place, voters should have their photo IDs ready to show election workers, but that’s not the only thing you have to do to receive a ballot. Wisconsin law requires voters to state their name and address so the election workers and observers can hear it. After the election worker finds your name in the poll book and checks your ID, you will be asked to sign the poll book next to your name. Just remember: State it. Show it. Sign it.
- If you forget your photo ID on Election Day, you can get a provisional ballot.
Don’t worry if you get to the polls on Election Day, look for your ID and find you forgot to bring it. Just ask the election worker for a provisional ballot. You can return to the polling place before it closes at 8 p.m. with your ID, or bring your ID to your municipal clerk’s office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election in order for your ballot to be counted.
Click here to find out if you have the correct ID and to get information on how to obtain a free ID for voting purposes.
Back Alley GOP
Last week, I wrote a column for The Progressive about the real Republican reproductive health agenda – criminalizing abortion and punishing the women who have them. The rhetoric of the GOP presidential primary is eerily similar to what’s been happening to women’s health care in Wisconsin since Governor Walker’s election and the tea party wave of 2010, and it’s all about shaming and humiliating women.
In our own state, we’ve seen measures forcing, in most cases, invasive vaginal ultrasounds on women contemplating abortion, requiring physician admitting privileges at area hospitals in order to eliminate abortion providers, and imposing a 20-week abortion ban that includes victims of rape and incest and women who have wanted pregnancies that go wrong.
Click here to read my article.
Legislative Office Hours
This week, I am continuing to hold my Legislative Office Hours. It is truly a pleasure to speak with so many of you about your ideas, opinions on state legislative issues, and concerns for problems facing our community. Here is where I’ll be this week:
Friday, April 8th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Madison Senior Center
330 West Mifflin Street
I look forward to seeing you there!
Rule of 50
As we get closer to election season, I want to remind you of a longstanding legislative rule that ensures legislators don’t use taxpayer resources to campaign for public office. As of April 15th, which is the first day we can circulate nomination papers for re-election, legislators are prohibited from distributing state materials in quantities of 50 or more, including legislative emails. I will therefore be suspending this email newsletter as of April 15th until after the November elections.
Please feel free, however, to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office via phone at (608) 266-5342 or via email at email@example.com with any questions, comments or concerns you may have on any state legislative issues.
Rep. Chris Taylor
76th Assembly District