Welcome to Voter Service Central!
If you were a Special Registration Deputy (SRD), your certification has probably expired. Beginning January 9, 2017, you can assist voters with voter registration using the new Online Voter Registration (OVR) system linked to MyVote. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has created this video to help form SRDs learn to use the new OVR system to assist voters. We encourage you all to watch this video.
Information for Senior Center Liaisons (links to a separate page)
Voter Photo ID Resource Information
Wisconsin state law requires voters to provide a voter photo ID to receive a ballot on election day or 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. Seniors who have given up their driver's license can get a non-expiring Wisconsin ID for voting.
NOTE: Many of these documents need to be updated for 2017. Specifically, photo IDs noted here as needing to have expired after November 4, 2014, will need to have expired after November 8, 2016.
- Index of detailed information about acceptable voter photo IDs (old documents still linked here)
- Voter photo ID picture guide
- How to obtain an ID card
- WEC toll-free voter helpline: 1-866-VOTEWIS or 1-866-868-3947
- Information for UW students
- An article about voter photo ID that you might suggest for publication in an organization newsletter.
General audience (updated Sept. 2016) | Senior audience (updated Sept. 2016)
- Two-sided, color flyer about Voter ID: General audience Senior audience College students (includes VA card)
En Español: Identificación con Fotografía para Votar Identificación con Fotografía para Votar - las personas de la tercera edad (The documents in Spanish have not yet been revised to include VA cards as a form of Voter Photo ID.)
- Simple, one-sided flyer about voting in Wisconsin: English Español
- If someone needs assistance with the petition process for obtaining a free ID for voting, call the Voter ID hotline: 608.729.7720.
- If a senior citizen needs a ride to the DMV to obtain a free ID for voting, RSVP volunteers working through neighborhood senior centers may be able to help. Learn more here.
- 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.
Proof of Residence Resource Information
Wisconsin state 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.
- General information about Proof of Residence
- Proof of Residence guidance from the City of Madison
- Graphic of common proof of residence documents
- Guide to using LinkCat as proof of residence
- Tips for Registering UW Students
Other Helpful Resources for Assisting Voters
- UW Dorm Addresses and Polling Places November 2016 election
- 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
League Pamphlet, Making It Clear
Making It Clear is a tool for community members helping citizens navigate requirements for registering and voting in Wisconsin. It clarifies many of the ambiguities surrounding proof of residence and voter photo IDs. Developed by Marian Matthews and other LWVDC members. This document has not been updated for 2017 elections (dates, name of GAB, elimination of SRDs, addition of OVR).
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