How to Vote

The following information is valid for the 2014 elections. This website will be updated as the 2016 elections approach. To vote in Wisconsin, you need to do two things: register to vote, and 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.

1 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).

2 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 starting 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.

3 So, how do I register?

The easiest way is to register during the early registration period, by October 14, 2014. Just look for a representative from Whitewater Student Government or the League of Women Voters, who will be registering students to vote from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Monday-Thursday in the James R. Connor University Center. You'll need to either (a) know the last four digits of your social security number, or (b) bring a valid Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card.

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

  • A Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card. (If you do not have this, you can still register on Election Day -- you just need to know the last four digits of your Social Security number).
  • Proof of residence. The easiest way to do this is by logging in to WINS and printing your Enrollment Verification form (instructions below). Print this and bring it with you when you register. Other options for showing proof of residence are listed below.

How to print your Enrollment Verification Form

  1. Log in to WINS
  2. Select Self Service
  3. Select Student Center
  4. Under the Academics section, select My Academics
  5. Select UW-W Enrollment Verification
  6. Select Print an Enrollment Verification form
  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
  6. A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or year preceding the election date for the property where you live

4 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.

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

On Oct. 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that Wisconsin's photo ID requirement will not be in effect for the Nov. 4, 2014 election. If you are already registered, all you need to bring to the polls is yourself.