WISCONSIN (WBAY) – Polling places will be very busy Tuesday, Nov. 8, with an estimated 70 percent of Wisconsin voters expected to turn out for the presidential election. That means people will likely have to wait in line, depending on the what time it is and popularity of the polling place.
Voters will choose between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump to lead the nation for the next four years.
In Wisconsin, voters will also choose between Republican incumbent Ron Johnson and Democrat Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate. The winner will serve Wisconsin in the Senate for the next six years.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VOTE:
WHEN DO THE POLLS OPEN AND CLOSE?
In Wisconsin, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. If you’re in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
Voters in Wisconsin will need to show photo identification to cast a ballot.
The state says these IDs will be accepted at the polls:
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended. You may use a Regular, Probationary, or Occupational Wisconsin Driver License to vote
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
- A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
- A Wisconsin Driver License or State ID Card Receipt or WI DMV ID Petition Process Photo Receipt (valid for 45 days)
- 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.)
- Certificate of Naturalization as Photo ID that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
- A veteran’s photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
- 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.
- Click here for examples.
There are some exceptions. People who have religious beliefs that prevent them from being photographed must obtain a State ID card without a photo at the DMV.
Have you moved? Has your name changed? Your photo identification does not need to show your current address to vote. Poll workers will not be looking at the address. However, you will need to be registered at your polling place.
Also, the name on your identification does not have to exactly match the name on the poll list. For example, a recently married resident will not need to have his or her married name on the ID.
Don’t have an ID? Not enough time to get one before election day? You can cast a provisional ballot. That ballot will be counted only if you bring an acceptable photo ID to your clerk’s office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.
Everything you need to know about Voter ID in Wisconsin: http://bringit.wi.gov
You can register at your polling place on election day. You will need to show proof of your current address.
First, visit http://myvote.wi.gov to find your polling place and to make sure you’re registered to vote.
A proof of residence must include your current address. It can be a bill or service statement, a photo ID, a paycheck or pay stub, or a bank statement. Click here for more examples.
Want to do a little research before you vote? Click here to search for a sample ballot.
Want to get your write-in candidate elected? Make sure the candidate is on the books. A bill that became law in 2014 made it so candidates must fill out paperwork to become a write-in in Wisconsin.
Leave political items at home. Voters are asked not to wear political clothing or paraphernalia to the polling place on Election Day. The chief election inspector may ask voters to leave the polling place if they are judged to be electioneering or creating a disturbance.
NO BALLOT SELFIES
Justin Timberlake violated election law when he took a ballot selfie and posted it on social media. JT’s ballot selfie malfunction brought attention to these laws that are on the books in several states, including Wisconsin. Wisconsin law prohibits showing a marked ballot to other people. So leave the smartphone in your pocket or your purse when you vote.
RIDES TO THE POLLS
If you don’t have transportation to your polling place, Common Cause in Wisconsin has organized a group of volunteers to give free rides. Click here to view the free ride directory.