How to Vote

The next election is Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and includes the U.S. presidential primary, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Whitewater City Council and Whitewater Unified School District Board.


What do I need to vote?

Photo ID

Acceptable forms of identification include a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Wisconsin state ID, U.S. passport, U.S. Uniformed Services card, tribal ID or Certificate of Naturalization.
The address on your ID does not matter; the purpose of presenting your ID at the polls is to prove your identity.
If you don’t have one of these forms of ID, you can get a free UW-Whitewater Voter ID Card, available at the HawkCard Office, located on the second floor of the James R. Connor University Center. The process takes only a few minutes.

Voter ID Card

Nonresident students without one of the forms of ID listed above can obtain a UW-Whitewater Voter ID Card and present that at the polls together with a UW-W Voter Enrollment Verification form (printed or on a mobile device). Both documents must be presented at the polls.
The free voter ID card is valid for two years from the date of issue and may only be used for voting purposes. It is not intended as a replacement or substitute for your regular HawkCard and is not valid for any other purpose or service on campus.

Enrollment verification

Users of the UW-Whitewater Voter ID Card must also present a UW-W Voter Enrollment Verification form (in WINS) to show proof of enrollment. Students may print the form or display it to the poll worker on an electronic device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer. This form can also be used to show Proof of Residence for voter registration if WINS lists your Whitewater/local address.

How to print your UW-W Voter 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 Voter Enrollment Verification
  6. Select Print a Voter 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

Eligibility

If you are a U.S. citizen, will be 18 years of age on or before Election Day and have resided in Wisconsin for at least 28 consecutive days before election day, you are eligible to vote in Wisconsin.
Eligible voters must vote at a specific polling place (ward), which is determined by the location of your current address. The polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Where do I vote?

If you live in UW-Whitewater housing, you vote at the Hamilton Room in the James R. Connor University Center. If you live off campus, look for your street and address number on the ward chart. Your voting location will be listed in the last column of the chart.

Registration

Do you need to register?

If you are voting at the same address as the last time you voted (including apartment number), you should already be registered. You can check if you are registered at My Vote Wisconsin.

You will need to register or re-register if:

  • You are a first-time voter
  • You have moved to a new address (or even changed apartment numbers)
  • You have changed your legal name since the last time you voted

How to register to vote

You have three options for registering to vote: by mail, in person (pre-registering before the election) or at the polls on Election Day. You must provide Proof of Residence when registering to vote in Wisconsin. Please see below for a list of acceptable documents.

  • On Election Day at your polling place: If you have a Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin ID Card, you must bring it. (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). You will also need Proof of Residence.
  • Pre-registering in person: You can register at the city clerk’s office any time until the Friday before an election. Everyone needs to provide a Proof of Residence Document to register.
  • By mail (more than 20 days prior to the election): Print the completed Voter Registration Application (GAB 131) and mail or hand-deliver (along with proof of residence) to: Whitewater City Clerk, 312 W. Whitewater Street, PO Box 178, Whitewater, WI 53190

Acceptable documents for Proof of Residence

(Must include a current Whitewater address)

  1. UW-W Voter Enrollment Verification form (in WINS -- see directions above)
  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 governmental body
  6. A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or year preceding the election date for the property where you live

Additional information on acceptable voter ID/proof of residence >>

Information on absentee voting can be found on the city clerk’s site. Please note all deadlines so that you can get your absentee ballot submitted in time.