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January 17, 2005

Same-Day Voter Registration

For readers outside of Wisconsin (and those Wisconsinites who don't know the law) here are the requirements for same-day registration:

AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY: If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for 10 days preceding the election. For purposes of voter registration, a form of identification constitutes acceptable proof of residence if it includes:

  1. A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
  2. A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.

Forms of identification which constitute acceptable Proof-of-Residence (see numbers 2 and 3 above), when they contain the information specified above, include the following:

  1. A Wisconsin motor vehicle operator's license.
  2. A Wisconsin identification card.
  3. Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit or by an employer in the normal course of business, but not including a business card.
  4. A credit card or plate.
  5. A library card.
  6. A check-cashing or courtesy card issued by a merchant in the normal course of business.
  7. A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  8. A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day.
  9. A university, college or technical institute fee card.
  10. A university, college or technical institute identification card.
  11. An airplane pilot's license.
  12. A gas, electric or telephone service statement for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day.

At this time, Proof-of-Residence is all that is required of a voter in order to register at the polling place on Election Day. Although the Registration Form may ask for either the Driverís License number or the last 4 digits of the Social Security Number a voter should not be turned away if they lack that information. If you cannot supply acceptable Proof-of-Residence, your registration form can be substantiated and signed by one other elector who resides in your municipality, corroborating your residency information. The corroborator must then provide acceptable Proof-of-Residence.


So, in Wisconsin it's possible to register to vote on Election Day WITHOUT showing a poll worker a photo ID. For decades Wisconsin was considered a "good government" state with little corruption. In recent years that reputation has changed--the latest involves the Menomonee Falls village president. The state's voter registration laws must change too.

"Wisconsin Voter Clarification"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 01:18 PM | Comments (3)