Where to vote, when to vote, what’s on the ballot and NO, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Not sure WHERE TO VOTE?

Google can help.  CLICK HERE.  Enter your home address and Google will give you your polling place.  If Google doesn’t know, call 1-866-VOTE-WIS, or call the Milwaukee County Clerk at (414) 278-4061.

If you live in the CITY of Milwaukee, try this webpage to find your polling place.

Not sure WHEN TO VOTE?

1) Any Wisconsin voter can vote by mail.

Absentee Ballot REQUESTS must be received by election officials by Thursday, October 30.

COMPLETED Absentee Ballots must be received by election officials by Monday, November 3.

2) Polling places are open on ELECTION DAY Tuesday, November 4, from 7am to 8pm.

WHAT’S MY BALLOT GOING TO LOOK LIKE?

You’ll be voting for more than just a new president on Election Day.

Here’s a SAMPLE BALLOT for the CITY OF MILWAUKEE.  (Click the link to open the pdf file.)

Here’s another SAMPLE BALLOT for the CITY OF SOUTH MILWAUKEE.  (Click the link to open the pdf file.)

BALLOT REFERENDUMS

In addition to national, state and local elections, your ballot may also include one or more referendums.

#1 Municipal Referendum (City of Milwaukee): PAID SICK LEAVE

“Shall the City of Milwaukee adopt Common Council File 080420, being a substitute ordinance requiring employers within the city to provide paid sick leave to employees.”

To read an editorial IN SUPPORT of the referendum, click here.

To read an editorial IN OPPOSITION of the referendum, click here.

#2 County Referendum (County of Milwaukee): SALES TAX

“Shall the State of Wisconsin grant Milwaukee County the authority to provide property tax relief of at least sixty-seven million dollars ($67 million) by levying a one percent (1%) county sales and use tax to be used to remove the following three items from the property tax levy: parks, recreation and culture; transit; and emergency medical services?”

To read a recent Journal-Sentinel article on the pros and cons of the referendum, click HERE.

IS IT TRUE THAT I CAN REGISTER ON ELECTION DAY?

YES.  You just need proof that you’ve lived at your place of residence for at least 10 days.

Proof of residence must contain: 1) current and complete name; and 2) current and complete residential address, including numbered street address (if any) and the name of a municipality.

Acceptable proofs of residence:

  1. A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
  2. A current and valid Wisconsin identification card.
  3. Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
  4. Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
  5. A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  6. A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes election day (NOT for first-time voters registering by mail).
  7. A university, college or technical institute fee card (must include photo).
  8. A university, college or technical institute identification card (must include photo).
  9. A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before election day.
  10. Bank statement.
  11. Paycheck.
  12. A check or other document issued by a unit of government.

You can also register in person at the city clerk’s office as late as 5pm on Monday, November 3.

YOU CAN TAKE THREE HOURS OFF FORM WORK TO VOTE

It’s Wisconsin law.

“Any voter is entitled to be absent from work while the polls are open for a period not to exceed three successive hours.”

Just work it out with your supervisor.

Click HERE to read a recent Journal-Sentinel article about the law.

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