Wisconsin will be holding its Partisan Primary on Tuesday, August 11th. Many legislators, including state senators and assembly representatives, will be on ballots across the state. We want to share some important information with the College community about the upcoming election, particularly as there have been some changes in Wisconsin recently.
As a reminder, in a Partisan Primary, you will have the opportunity to vote for candidates in ONE party only. If you want to take a sneak peek at your ballot, check it out at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PreviewMyBallot.
The deadline to register to vote ahead of the primary is Wednesday, July 22nd. If you’re not sure if you’re already registered to vote, you can look that up on this website.
Not sure how to register? Here’s more info from the WI Elections Commission!
Not sure what qualifies as Proof of Residence? Here’s a list to help you out!
Not sure you have the right form of ID? Make sure you bring the right ID to the polls!
If you are concerned about voting in person at your polling location, you have the option to vote absentee by mail by requesting your ballot be mailed to you. Be sure to carefully read the instruction letter you receive with you ballot to ensure your vote is counted! The deadline to request an absentee ballot is August 6th by 5:00 PM. However, it must be delivered by 8:00 PM on Election Day to be counted! USPS strongly encourages voters to mail the completed ballot one week before Election Day, so if you wait until August 6th to request your absentee ballot, it might not get to your polling place with enough time to be counted.
Recently, the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling regarding voting laws; this decision will directly affect when and how WI residents will be voting next month. One of the main changes is that early voting (i.e. in-person absentee) will only be available for 13 days before the election instead of six weeks in advance. This means that you can start early voting at your local clerk’s office on July 28th. Early Voting locations have not yet been confirmed in Madison, but we will share additional information as it is available.
Also new, voters must have been residents of their voting district for 28 days prior to the election in order to cast a vote in their new district. This means that if you move to a new home after July 14th, you will need to vote in your old district on August 11th.