Know Your Voting Rights and Vote June 5th

This information is courtesy of the ACLU. This article is available as a PDF download (See link at end of article). Print and distribute freely.

Please know your rights and vote in the historic recall election June 5, 2012:


You May Vote in Wisconsin If:
• You will be 18 years old or older by Election Day.
• You are a U.S. citizen.
• You will be a Wisconsin resident for at least 28 days by
Election Day.
• You have registered to vote – or you register to vote on Election Day.

You May Vote EVEN IF:
• You don’t have a driver’s license or photo ID.
• You have a past felony conviction, as long as you are “off paper” (you completed your sentence). If you are on probation, parole or extended supervision for a felony conviction, you cannot vote. If you were only convicted of a misdemeanor, you can vote – even if you are still serving your sentence.
• You don’t speak English (as long as you are a U.S. citizen).
• You are a student living away from your parents (you can choose to vote where you live to go to school OR where your family’s home is. You may only vote once.)

How do I Register?
• You can register to vote anytime between now and the recall electon. You can even register at the polls on Election Day.
• If you register by May 16 at your clerk’s office or with a Special Registration Deputy, you don’t need to show any documents with your address. Find a list of the local clerks offices online:
• If you register after May 16 or on Election Day, bring a document with your name and voting address. This must be: a recent utility bill (electric, cell, phone, cable, etc.); a lease; a bank statement; a pay check; an employer ID card; a government document or check; a letter from a homeless shelter; a college photo ID along with a university fee receipt or list of dorm residents; a driver’s license or a state ID. (You cannot use credit card bills, collection notices, magazine subscriptions, or personal mail to register.)
• If you have a Wisconsin driver’s license, bring it to put the license number on the voter registration card. (If you don’t have a license, use your state ID card number or the last 4 digits of your social security number).

Can I Vote Early or Absentee for the Recall Election?
• You can register (if you need to) and vote early (absentee) from May 21 – June 1 at the clerk’s office. Some clerks will have weekend hours.
• You can also register (if you need to) and, by Thursday May 31, fill out a form to have an absentee ballot mailed to you for the recall election, with the address you will be at the beginning of June. The ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday June 5, and the clerk must receive it by 4 p.m. on Friday June 8.

What If I Moved after May 8?
• If you move between May 9 and June 5, you need to register and vote at the address you lived at before moving.

Questions or problems?
If for any reason your ballot is rejected from the Optech scanner, or you witness a machine malfunction or flip a vote (no matter how many times you touch your candidate’s name, the other comes up instead) Insist your clerk file a report and enter your incident on the Inspector’s Report, GAB Form 104. If your incident is not filed here, it did not happen.

• The ACLU of Wisconsin and other groups will be part of Election Protection on June 5. Call us on Election Day at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
“Like” Wisconsin Election Protection on Facebook
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3 Comments on “Know Your Voting Rights and Vote June 5th”

  1. P. Parquette May 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Dear ACLU,
    I understand that I am not required to show photo ID when I vote. The last two times that I voted, since Spring of 2011, I have had to sign my name next to my name in the registration books at the polling place. Is that legal? Am I required to do that? The people manning the tables told me that I could not vote unless I signed, and that it was state law now. never have I had to do that before.
    Thank you.

  2. Stacy Harbaugh May 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    It isn’t unconstitutional to require people to sign their names in the poll books. However, if someone has a disability and cannot sign the book, they have the right to assistance. You should only sign one poll book. It doesn’t matter if it is in pen or pencil.

    This is one of the new changes in the Wisconsin voting laws. On a practical note, having voters sign the poll books will probably do more to prevent “voter fraud” than requiring photo ID will. Most examples pro-ID advocates point to as evidence of fraud involve either administrative error or felons voting before their right to vote is reinstated post-parole/probation. Signing the poll book would be a measure to prevent some administrative errors, but requiring ID wouldn’t prevent felons from voting nor would it keep poll workers from accidentally checking off the wrong name at check-in.

    We should keep photo ID from disfranchising voters and we need to keep fighting for measures like Election Day registration that help all people vote without barriers.

  3. Brian Williams November 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Thank you! I thought i couldn’t vote but now i know i can.l!

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