Senator Howard Marklein's Weekly
Do You Know What You Need To Do To Vote?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Election Day is nearly upon us
and now is the time to prepare to cast your ballot. Following are
a couple of clarifications and tips to help new and seasoned
voters get ready to vote:
Confirm Your Voter Registration – Visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote
and search by your name and birth date to confirm your voter
registration information is accurate.
Register to Vote – You can register to vote at
the polls on election day or prior to election day through
November 4, 2016 at your municipal clerk’s office. To register to
vote, you will need to bring proof of residence, such as your
driver’s license or state ID card, a property tax bill, a
residential lease, a utility bill, etc. Wisconsin law
requires 10 days of residence to register
at a specific address.
Early Voting – Now through November 4, 2016, you
can “early vote” in Wisconsin via the In-Person Absentee voting
process. Voters may request and vote with an absentee
ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office. Office hours
vary by municipality. Please contact your municipal clerk for
absentee voting hours.
Absentee Voting – The deadline to request for an
absentee ballot to be mailed to you is November 3, 2016. All
voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to
them for any reason. Voters must be registered before they can
request an absentee ballot. Confirm your registration here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote
and request an absentee ballot or contact your municipal clerk
for more information. Absentee ballots must be received by your
municipal clerk by 8 p.m. on November 8, 2016.
Find Your Polling Place – Visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace
and enter your residential address to determine your polling
place for in person, election day voting.
Bring an ID to Vote - you will need to bring
photo identification to vote. For a full overview of the
photo ID requirement, please visit the Elections Commission
The following forms of photo ID are acceptable for voting
purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date
of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4,
Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving
privileges are revoked or suspended
Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license
without a photo issued under the religious exemption
ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian
tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the
most recent general election.)
photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited
university or college that contains date of issuance,
signature of student, and an expiration date no later than
two years after date of issuance. Also, the university or
college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that
proves enrollment. (May be used even if expired before the
most recent general election.)
The following forms of photo IDs
are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:
- NEW: A veteran’s photo identification
card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the
federal Department of Veterans Affairs
certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier
than two years before the date of an election at which it is
driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid
for 45 days)
temporary identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin
DOT through the Identification Petition Process (IDPP)
(valid for 180 days)
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.
There are some exceptions to the
photo ID requirement for military absentee, people who cannot
leave their residence indefinitely and for religious
reasons. For more information on these exceptions, please
Get a Free Wisconsin Identification Card - If
you do not have any of the IDs mentioned in these lists, please
make plans to visit a Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) office to request a free Wisconsin Identification Card for
the purposes of voting.
Most people should bring a certified birth certificate, a Social
Security card and a utility bill or cell phone bill for the
required documentation necessary to get an ID. However, if
you do not have one of these items, there ae other acceptable
documents. The DMV’s requirements fall into four
of Name and Date of Birth – documents such as birth
certificates, current US passport, valid foreign passport,
Certificate of Naturalization and more.
of Identity – documents such as Social Security Card,
Military Discharge papers, US Government and Military
Dependent ID card, Certified Marriage Certificate, Judgement
of Divorce and more.
of Citizenship or Legal Status – documents such as US state
or local government-issued birth certificate, US Certificate
of Citizenship and more.
of Wisconsin Residency – documents such as utility bill,
cell phone bill, bank account statement, employee photo ID
from a current employer, paycheck stub, hunting or fishing
license and more.
a full list of valid documentation, please visit http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/how-do-i-get-free-state-id-card
For a list of the DMV locations,
Preview Your Ballot, Do Your Homework, Study the
Candidates – spend some time digging into true facts of
the election and review the candidates at every level of the
ballot. If you are not sure who is on your ballot, visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot
to preview your ballot.
for the Capitol Christmas Tree!
The theme for the 2016 Capitol
Christmas Tree is Wisconsin Wildlife!
Anyone interested in sending Wisconsin Wildlife themed
ornaments to decorate the tree should make their submissions by
Wednesday, November 23rd.
Please send Wisconsin Wildlife themed ornaments to:
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities Management
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703
On October 21, Sen. Marklein joined Lt. Governor
Rebecca Kleefisch, Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson and officials from the
University of Wisconsin System (UW System), UW-Platteville, the
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
(WAICU) and area employers for a workshop to highlight the state's
efforts to coordinate talent development and education initiatives
through internships to better meet employers' need for skilled
Sen. Marklein authored Senate Bill 594, which creates two
internship coordinator positions at the DWD to connect employers
with institutions of higher education, and create internship
opportunities for Wisconsin students. Senate Bill 594 (and its
Assembly companion, AB 742) were signed into law as Wisconsin Act
283 on March 28, 2016.
Sen. Marklein was honored to receive the Wisconsin
Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Working For Wisconsin Award!
The presentation was at Rural Route 1 Popcorn in Livingston!
Pictured above with Rural Route 1 President and WMC member Nick
Sen. Marklein was honored to
receive the Friend of Towns Award from the Wisconsin Towns
Association at the Juneau County Towns Assn. Only four legislators
are given this award each session! Sen. Marklein would like to
extend a special thanks to all of the town leaders in the 17th
Senate District for your ideas, leadership and diligence in
working with him to get things done!
Sen. Marklein attended the ribbon cutting at a new
Kwik Trip location in Richland Center. Pictured: Rep. Ed
Brooks (R-Reedsburg), Don Zietlow (Owner, Kwik Trip), LaVonne
Zietlow, Carl Rick (Staff, Kwik Trip), Dan McGowan
(Assistant Manager, Kwik Trip) Mayor Paul Corcoran,
Sen. Howard Marklein, Monica Wheaton (Manager, Kwik
Sen. Marklein hosted a meeting this week between
Chengwu (Jacky) Xia, the International Admission and Recruitment
Advisor at University of Wisconsin-Platteville , Pi-lin
Chuang and David Dong from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
in Chicago to discuss ways to connect students from Taiwan with the
UW Platteville campus.
During his visit to Taiwan this summer, he heard about the need for
midwestern educational opportunities and is hopeful that this
meeting will help foster future international recruitment efforts!
Vehicle Miles Traveled in Wisconsin Hits
All-Time Record in 2015: 62.1 billion miles
Compared to 2014, drivers
traveled an all-time record 62.1 billion miles on Wisconsin
roadways in 2015, representing an increase of nearly 2.1 billion
miles compared to 2014 and the largest annual percentage jump in
Wisconsin vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 17 years. The Wisconsin
Department of Transportation (WisDOT) attributes the increase in
VMT to several factors including a strengthening economy, growing
population, lower gas prices and continued growth in commercial
motor vehicle traffic. The growth in Wisconsin’s VMT is
consistent with traffic increases seen nationally.
"As overall travel
increases, we especially see growth in commercial motor vehicle
traffic which has increased 20 percent in just the last four
years," said WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "It’s why
our department remains focused on the safe, efficient movement of
freight—from developing the first-ever State Freight Plan to be
completed early next year, to the Governor’s Fifth Annual Freight
Summit held last week in Rothschild."
VMT is a nationally-agreed upon
measure of highway use that assists in transportation planning.
It provides a broad or aggregate picture of overall travel and is
calculated by combining data on statewide fuel consumption,
highway performance monitoring system (HPMS) and automatic
traffic recorder (ATR) continuous traffic count information.
WisDOT incorporates data from about 28,000 short-term traffic
count locations across the state.
Other VMT and travel-related
year, the average Wisconsin resident traveled 10,767 miles;
62.1 billion miles motorists traveled on Wisconsin roadways
last year is equal to about 334 round-trips between the
Earth and Sun;
the last 40 years, Wisconsin VMT has more than doubled—from
29.4 billion miles traveled in 1975 to 62.1 billion today.
Source: Wisconsin Department of