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Voting is easy... here's how!

To vote in Wisconsin, you need to do two things: register to vote, and actually cast your ballot on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 4). This website will answer some common questions about how to vote in Whitewater, but for more detailed information you can always visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website.


Am I eligible to vote?

You need to be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and you cannot have lost your right to vote for some reason (like currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction).


Can I vote in Whitewater? I just moved here...

In Wisconsin, you need to live in a place for 28 days to be considered a resident. This means that if you moved into the Residence Halls on August 31, 2014, you are eligible to vote in Whitewater on September 28, 2014.

In some cases, your primary residence might not be in Whitewater (for example, if you commute to school from another community). In this case, you need to register and cast your ballot in your home district. If you are confused about how to vote in your home district, an ambassador from Warhawks Votes will be happy to walk you through the process.


So, how do I get myself registered?

The easiest way is to register during the early registration period, by October 14, 2014. Just look for a representative from the League of Women Voters, who will be tabling around campus on the dates specified on the Warhawks Vote homepage. You'll need to either (a) know the last four digits of your social security number, or (b) bring a valid WI driver's license number if you have one. An official state-issued id card will also work.

If you register after October 14, including on Election Day, you will need to bring two things with you:

If you have a valid Wisconsin driver's license number, you'll need this to register (the license number goes on the application). If you do not have a valid Wisconsin driver's license, you can still register on Election Day - you just need to know the last four digits of your Social Security number OR have an official state-issued identification card.

You also need to prove you live in Whitewater. The easiest way to do this is by logging into WINS and printing your Enrollment Verification Form (instructions below). Print this and bring it with you when you register.

To print your Enrollment Verification Form, follow these steps:

  1. Log into WINS
  2. Click on Self Service
  3. Click on Student Center
  4. Under the Academics section, click on My Academics
  5. Click on UW-W Voter ID Enrollment Verification
  6. Click on Voter ID Enrollment Verification
  7. Verify that all information is correct
  8. If correct, print. If information needs to be updated to your current residence, update it and then print

Acceptable documents for proof of residence

(all must include a current Whitewater address)

  1. UW-Whitewater Enrollment Verification Form
  2. Current residential lease
  3. A gas, credit card, electric or telephone statement (utility bill) that includes your name and address within 90 days of the election at your Whitewater address
  4. A bank statement or paycheck with your name and address on it
  5. A check or other document issued by a unit of government, including UW-Whitewater Enrollment Verification Form if your local address is listed as Whitewater
  6. A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or year preceding the election date for the property where you live

Where do I go to vote?

The answer to this question depends on where you live, but for most students (including anyone who lives in the Residence Halls) the polling location is the University Center Hamilton Room. If you live off campus, you can easily check your polling location at the Government Accountability Board website.


What do I need to bring with me to vote? Do I need a photo id?

If you are already registered, you only need to bring yourself! You do not need a photo identification to vote. Click here for more information on photo id.

However, remember that if you plan to register on Election Day, you need to bring proof of residency information and your WI driver's license number if you have one.


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