A Q&A with Wisconsin’s Voter Protection Director, Emma Olson

This year, Wisconsin is offering it’s longest early vote period ever. We sat down with Wisconsin’s Voter Protection Director, Emma Olson, to answer questions about early voting and voting on Election Day.

Have more questions? Feel free to call our hotline at 888–577–4112 or myvote.wi.gov to learn more!

Is my early vote polling place different than my Election Day polling place?

Yes, your Early Vote location may be different than your Election Day polling location. You can find your Early Vote location here: hillaryclinton.com/locate

Will transit services to the polls be free?

This depends on where you live in Wisconsin. For instance, in Dane County, Union Cab will provide free rides to the polls. Learn more here: http://www.unioncab.com/DemocracyInMotionSlide

Please contact your municipal clerk to see if your city has free rides to the polls: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk

Can I register to vote on Election Day in Wisconsin?

Yes! Wisconsin has same-day registration; any voter can register to vote on Election Day in Wisconsin. Voting is easy in Wisconsin!

Last year, I moved from Green Bay to Sheboygan — do I have to re-register to vote?

Yes, but it’s a simple process! To vote at your new polling location, you must provide proof of residency. Learn more here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote

I’ve heard that I can show my proof of residence electronically in Wisconsin when I register on election day — Is that true?

Yes! Voting is easy in Wisconsin! Any voter can show their proof of residency over an electronic device when registering to vote on Election Day. Go here to learn more about the types of documents that prove your residency: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote

What should I do if I’m going to move from Wisconsin city to another two weeks before Election Day? Can I vote early where I live now?

Actually, you should wait to vote at your new residence. Wisconsin law requires 10 days to establish residency at a new address; if you reside in the new Wisconsin city for at least two weeks, you will meet this requirement and can vote at your new address!

If my name isn’t on a lease but I’m living there. How do I register to vote?

To qualify as proof of residency, the document must contain your current and complete name and current and complete residential address. Learn more here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote

When are the polls open on Election Day in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, the polls are open from 7am to 8pm!

Is there a specific voter ID I need to get to vote in Wisconsin?

There is no specific voter ID required to vote; you only need a qualifying photo ID. And actually, you probably already have what you need to vote — a Wisconsin Driver’s License, a Wisconsin State ID Card, and a U.S. Passport all work. You can go to http://www.bringitwisconsin.com to learn more!

Can I use an expired Wisconsin State ID as my Photo ID at the polls?

Yes! You can use your expired Wisconsin State ID Card as your photo ID as long as it is expired after November 4, 2014. You can go to http://www.bringitwisconsin.com to learn more about photo ID requirements!

What if I forget my ID on Election Day in Wisconsin. Can I still cast my ballot?

You will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot, but this ballot won’t count unless you bring your qualifying photo ID to your municipal clerk by 4pm on Friday, November 11th. You can go to http://www.bringitwisconsin.com to learn more!

My ID has a different address from where I currently live, do I have to go vote in that district?

You should vote in the place where you actually reside. Learn more about registering here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/RegisterToVote

Thanks for all of your great questions! If you have additional questions, feel free to call our hotline at 888–577–4112 or myvote.wi.gov to learn more!

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.