PROOF OF RESIDENCE RESOURCES
Wisconsin law requires all voters to provide proof of residence to register to vote. The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) provides information on its website on this topic.
Voter Photo ID Resources
Wisconsin state law requires voters to provide a voter photo ID to receive a ballot on Election Day or (with some exceptions) to vote absentee. The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) provides extensive information on this topic on its website, including descriptions of documents that are acceptable as voter photo IDs. For voters who do not currently have an acceptable voter photo ID, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website provides detailed information about how to obtain a free voter photo ID for voting purposes. An ID Petition Process is available if fees arise in order to obtain a free ID card for voting. This petition process is available for applicants unable to provide proof of name and date of birth, United States citizenship, identity, or other required documentation. Seniors who have given up their driver's license can get a non-expiring Wisconsin ID for voting.
Other photo ID information:
How to obtain an ID card, including non-expiring ID for those 65 and older
WEC toll-free voter helpline: 1-866-VOTEWIS or 1-866-868-3947
An article about voter photo ID that you might suggest for publication in an organization newsletter.
General audience (updated Oct. 2017) | Senior audience (updated Oct. 2017) | Shorter version for seniors (updated Oct. 2017)
Two-sided, color flyer about Voter ID: General audience Senior audience
En Español: Identificación con Fotografía para Votar Identificación con Fotografía para Votar - las personas de la tercera edad
If someone needs assistance with the petition process for obtaining a free ID for voting, call the Voter ID hotline: 608.285.2141.
Official DOT guidance on documents needed for a Driver License or ID (includes information for non-citizens and about Real ID, which are not relevant for voting purposes)
The Dane County Mobility Manager can help disabled persons get a ride to the DMV to obtain a free ID for voting. Call 608.242.6489.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR ASSISTING VOTERS
If a voter has a WI driver license or DOT-issued ID, but doesn’t have it with them and doesn’t know the number, it can be looked up online with the voter’s date of birth and last four digits of SSN.
Homeless individuals face unique challenges when trying to vote. This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about registration, voter IDs and other topics related to helping homeless voters.
Home health care workers may be able to assist their clients in applying for a permanent absentee ballot. These documents may help: Letter to home health workers (two per sheet) | Information for client (on the back side, print the appropriate permanent absentee ballot application) | Permanent absentee ballot application for City of Madison | Permanent absentee ballot application for those outside of City of Madison
How to Register and Vote in Wisconsin, an 8.5 by 14-inch 3-fold (four panel), double-sided brochure.