Senator Howard Marklein's Weekly E-Update

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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 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: 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 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 website:
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, 2014 election):

  • 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
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)
  • A 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
  • 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)
  • A temporary identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT through the Identification Petition Process (IDPP) (valid for 180 days)
  • 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.

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 visit:
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 categories:

  • Proof of Name and Date of Birth – documents such as birth certificates, current US passport, valid foreign passport, Certificate of Naturalization and more. 
  • Proof 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.
  • Proof of Citizenship or Legal Status – documents such as US state or local government-issued birth certificate, US Certificate of Citizenship and more.
  • Proof 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.
  • For a full list of valid documentation, please visit

For a list of the DMV locations, visit:
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 to preview your ballot.



Make An Ornament
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:

Claire Franz
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 talent.  

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 Solomon.



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 Trip).



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 facts:

  • Last year, the average Wisconsin resident traveled 10,767 miles;
  • The 62.1 billion miles motorists traveled on Wisconsin roadways last year is equal to about 334 round-trips between the Earth and Sun;
  • Over 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 Transportation






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